"My father has been in the field of Kashmiri shawls since he graduated. But I think my association with this art goes back to very long ago when I was a child. My grandmother use to weave shawls…."
"Hi friends, I'm Imtiyaz and I was born and brought up in Kashmir. Kashmir was never like this before. It was one of the most beautiful states. But for me, despite its current chaotic situation, I still love my hometown dearly.
"I was not able to complete my studies there. I was in 8th standard when my school was burned down and my father sent me to Delhi for further study where I completed my Bachelor of Commerce.
"Back to my childhood – ours was an extended family and my grandfather had a huge apple orchard. After school, along with my brothers and sister, I would run to the orchard and enjoy the juicy apples every single day. Oh, it was so much fun.
"My father has been in the field of Kashmiri shawls since he graduated. But I think my association with this art goes back to very long ago when I was a child. My grandmother use to weave shawls and even sold them. Since we were a large family, I remember spending most of my time with my grandmother. She loved me so much. Now she has expired.
"My uncle is in the field of carpets and I know quite a bit about the art of weaving as well. However, I was fascinated by the beauty and elegance of Kashmiri shawls. In Delhi, I learned how popular Kashmiri weavings are. And I thought I should also go into this field, since my father was in it.
"As for my grandfather's orchard, neither my uncles nor my father took it over and my grandfather was too old to take care of it. So now we lend out the garden to others to cultivate the fruits. Even now, whenever I go to Kashmir, I love to stroll in the garden and feel nostalgic about my childhood."
I received my Handcrafted Wool Patterned Red Shawl and looks fantastic. Very beautiful! Thank you!
Absolutely lovely! I am so pleased with my shawl that I am planning another purchase. What a gift to be able to create beautiful shawls. Thank you!
I purchased the beautiful shawl Sandy Shores and it immediately became a wardrobe staple. I take it everywhere. Since the colors go with everything, it is easy to throw around my shoulders if I am a little cool in a restaurant or if I am sitting at home meditating. What a spectacular find. Thank you.
I have a large number of shawls purchased in Bolivia, Morocco, Egypt, Spain and Italy. I've been on the look out for a 'summer weight' purple or green shawl. When I saw Emerald Jade, I had to order it. It an incredibly beautiful shawl. It is emerald on one side and a dark olive/jade on the other. This essentially gives you two shawls in one with the occasional glimpse of the other colour. I also bought Purple Orchid, which is even better! As described, it is purple on one side and fuschia on the other. Again, this is another two in one shawl and the colours compliment each other beautifully. As I love blues, greens and purples, I couldn't resist Spring Charm. The colour graduation is very subtil and you get a totally different effect, depending on which colour you choose to wear at the top. Interestingly, if you look closely and fold the fabric on itself, you can see that there are slight colour variations on each side. This all makes for an interesting variety of colour combinations. These shawls are perfect for summer nights but are thin enough to be worn as a scarf in winter. They each came in a beautiful fabric bag with a gold tassel fastener. I will definitely order more from this artist. Thank you Imtiyaz for creating such beautiful work! Note to customers: if you live in the UK, you have to pay an extra fee to the shipping company to cover VAT and customs.
I gave one of my friends a silk wool shawl by Imtiyaz, and she loves it. I must say it is GORGEOUS! I commend this true artist for his fine work.
Oh, Imtiaz, you've done it again! My beautiful Aqua Rose silk and wool shawl will grace my shoulders at my daughter's wedding. It is very delicate and elegant, perfect for spring next year. Very quickly afterwards, Jade Celebration arrived. The first time I wore this lovely silk shawl to a party my friends noticed it across the room. I can't thank you enough for the excellence of your artistry and craft. I would also add that when I wore another of your shawls to my volunteer work, a woman who travels widely and collects shawls was quite excited by it and asked where I got it. I proudly showed her the Novica label and explained who you were and how she could order one of your shawls from the website. Again, thanks for adding beauty to my life.
Dear Imtiyaz, Thank you so much for a gorgeous, state-of-the-art scarf! It's my favorite item in the whole collection of scarves that I own. It's incredibly soft, smooth and the colors are vibrant. The packaging was great too with a greeting card attached. I wish you best of luck in your business and all the best for you and your family! Thank you!!! Spasibo!!!
Thank you Imtiyaz! The ""Iris"" shawl is so beautiful - iridescent and so light! I shall wear it often. I already get compliments and questions on where and how it's made. I am proud to tell them and be a Novica explorer. I pass on your name and Novica to others. Keep up the excellent work....these works of art are so appreciated.
Dear Imtiyaz, I would like you to know how beautiful your pashmina is and how much I appreciate the effort that went into the making of it. It perfectly complements my outfit and arrived within seventy-two hours of ordering well ahead of the event for which I purchased it. Anvita, Manager of the New Delhi Novica office, is to be commended for her fast action in sending it off to me so promptly. In truth, the pashmina is probably more beautiful than my dress; the shimmering, changeable tones will add an elegant and light flourish to the heavy, humid Toronto summer night. Thanks again to all for this exquisite work of art.
Dear Imtiyaz, I purchased your beautiful shawl, Iris, to give to my dear friend for her birthday. It is lovely and I know she will love it. It arrived today and I wanted to thank you. I am honored to give this piece of art to my friend, I know she will cherish it forever. I will soon purchase one of your lovely shawls for myself. Thank you. Namaste` Patty Schick
I just received the ""Natural Radiance"" shawl I ordered. I want to thank you and express my admiration for your craftsmanship. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm so pleased with the quality. I know my daughter will love it!
Dear Imtiyaz---I was so pleased with my ""Glorious"" wool scarf that I ordered the ""Rose Delight"" for a good friend, who also loved it very much. Keep making such beautiful things. We in America really appreciate your talent and art very much. All the best, Elena.
When I opened the courier box and saw Imtiyaz's Lavender Charm silk-and-wool dupatta, it was so lovely I cried. The packaging is beautiful, too. I plan to order more shawls by Imtiyaz - for my sisters, for my daughter-in-law, for my friends, and, of course, more for myself. Thank you, Imtiyaz, for sharing your work. Thank you, Novica, for making the bridge between cultures.
I just received two or your shawls, and they are so beautiful - more beautiful than I imagined. Thank you very much. I can't wait to wear them ... I will be back and buy more of your art. Best wishes Elsebeth Paikin Copenhagen, Denmark
I purchased two silk and wool shawls, 'Summer Sky' and 'Shimmering Earth' for gifts. Both are stunningly beautiful and achingly soft. I am having difficulty parting with them. Thank you.
Dear Imityaz, I have so thoroughly enjoyed wearing your incredibly beautiful ""Orchid Blush"", that I ordered two more of your shawls -- which arrived today: ""Royal Diamonds"" and ""Morning Rose"". It is amazing that one artist could make two pieces of art which are so completely different from one another, and yet each is stunning!! You have great talent! Thank you so much! Sincerely, Katherine Donovan-Sherpa Charelston, SC US P.S. I AM WAITING TO ORDER YOUR ""JADE CELEBRATION"" SHAWL, BUT YOUR SITE KEEPS SAYING IT IS NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE! CAN YOU MAKE ONE FOR ME, AND LET ME KNOW, VIA NOVICA? Thanks!!
Thank you very much Imtiyaz for the wonderful silk and wool shawl I just received this morning. It is beautiful, very soft and comfy. I am wearing it right now as I am writing you these words. Thanks again for your wonderful work. Regards, elisa
Dear Imtiyaz, Your shawl arrived yesterday, and is so exquisite that I cannot find words to describe its beauty. In your colors, and your remarkable sensitivity, I feel as if I have been blessed to see Kashmir -- the grand, snow-covered mountains, and the glorious sky -- in all its beauty. Thank you for ""taking me"" there. With deepest respect, Katherine Donovan Charleston, South Carolina, USA
I was thrilled when I received Imtiyaz's lovely and well-made shawl. The pattern comprised of a medley of browns, reds, olive greens, teals, and cobalt blues against a silver backdrop in the shawl are magnificent, the fabric drapes very elegantly when I knot the shawl like a scarf around my neck, and it keeps the chill away. I have nothing else like this in my closet and it will be a favorite I reach for time and time again. We went to some friends' for the New Year's celebration and I had my outfit picked out. I chose a dramatic, structured black wool blazer to dress up the jeans I picked out. The blazer is a bit too authoritative for me to wear to work, but when I wore it with Imtiyza's shawl, looped like a scarf, it softened the look of the structured jacket and provided terrific balance and color. If I can get a photo from some friends, I'll upload it here. Anyway, I am over-the-moon about this scarf. Imtiyaz, if you read your customers' testimonials, please know I plan on buying more of your goods. I treasure the piece I purchased very much. Thank you!
I purchased “Shimmering Earth” and I am so delighted with it. Color combination is beautiful and I am happy with my selection. Thank you!
Farmington Hills, MI USA
The Spring Charm shawl is beyond beautiful. I am so pleased with the quality and the colors are charming. I am so happy with my purchase and delivery time.