It’s like a part of our identity” says Irshad Ahmed from Kashmir. No wonder, the motif was everywhere — from embroidery patterns in his shawls to the name of his store at the ongoing Weaves exhibition. Chinar Emporium is lined with traditional Kashida embroidered saris, kurtis, Kani and Pashmina shawls and stoles, both pure woollen and silk blends. “Kashida is our traditional needlework. It takes a lot of time and patience to finish a piece,” he says, showing me one. A Kani stole, famous for its intricate design, takes around six months to complete while a shawl needs around 12 months. “It needs a lot of patience and dedication to do Kani weaving. The technique is difficult.” The wool used to make Pashmina shawls is procured from Kashmir and Ladakh. “It is collected from the neck of a goat. That’s why it’s so soft and warm,” he explains.
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