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Handmade with Love: Sozni and Kani Work of Kashmir

by Danish Qazi

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“The pashmina shawl was introduced to western Europe when Napoleon’s campaign in Egypt sent a sample to Paris. The shawl’s arrival created an immediate sensation within Parisian high society. Empress Josephine (1763–1814)—regarded as the first modern fashion icon— collected hundreds of pashmina shawls throughout her life. To maintain regular supply, Napoleon put together plans to manufacture the product in France itself. In 1799, William-Louis Ternaux, the leading woollens manufacturer in France under Napoleon’s rule, began to produce imitation shawls at his factory in Reims using the wool of Spanish merino sheep. Ever since, pashmina has been treasured in Western markets, popularly known as cashmere.”

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Creator:

Danish Qazi

Linked to:

Sahapedia

Year:

2020

Language:

English

Tagged:

Embroidery, Fashion history, South Asia, Textiles