Handwoven Striped 100% Cashmere Shawl from India
Changthang Night, Handwoven Striped 100% Cashmere Shawl from India
KarmabhoomiThe artisans at Karmabhoomi design this warm, yet lightweight shawl from India to feature stripes of teal, blue-violet, and black. The shawl is diligently handwoven in the jacquard technique from...$199.99
Handwoven Checkered Cashmere Wool Shawl from India
Checkered Changthang, Handwoven Checkered Cashmere Wool Shawl from India
KarmabhoomiCheckered motifs in black and ivory are bordered by poppy red in this mesmerizing shawl from India. Karmabhoomi designs the shawl, diligently handweaving it in the jacquard technique from pashmina...$199.99
Striped 100% Cashmere Shawl in Maize and Turquoise
Changthang Beauty, Striped 100% Cashmere Shawl in Maize and Turquoise
KarmabhoomiPashmina cashmere, originating from the Ladakh district of India, is collected from local goats, which produce long inner hairs that protect against the cold climates there. Working with local...$199.99
Turquoise and Ivory 100% Pashmina Wool Handmade Shawl
Serene Waters, Turquoise and Ivory 100% Pashmina Wool Handmade Shawl
KarmabhoomiWoven by hand from pashmina wool, this elegant reversible shawl in vibrant turquoise blue and ivory is presented by Karmabhoomi. Pashmina wool is the finest type of cashmere and comes from the...$209.99
100% Cashmere Wool Hand Woven Wrap Shawl in Blue and Honey
Honeydew, 100% Cashmere Wool Hand Woven Wrap Shawl in Blue and Honey
KarmabhoomiAncient techniques and a modern design make of this pashmina shawl a wonderful accessory to treasure. From Karmabhoomi in India, this stunning shawl is hand-woven from hand-spun cashmere wool in the...$199.99
Handwoven Multicolored 100% Cashmere Shawl from india
Changthang Rainbow, Handwoven Multicolored 100% Cashmere Shawl from india
KarmabhoomiThe artisans at Karmabhoomi design this warm, yet lightweight shawl from India to feature stripes of chartreuse, amethyst, and golden brown. The shawl is diligently handwoven in the jacquard technique...$199.99
Checkered Cream and Beige Women's Pashmina Shawl from India
Ladakh Luxury, Checkered Cream and Beige Women's Pashmina Shawl from India
KarmabhoomiSubtly luxurious, this beige and off-white check shawl is presented by Karmabhoomi in India. It is woven from pure cashmere wool, also known as Pashmina. The long, fine hairs of the Pashmina goat...$129.99
Black and Off White Cashmere Shawl Woven in India
Ladakh Houndstooth, Black and Off White Cashmere Shawl Woven in India
KarmabhoomiCashmere wool, also known as Pashmina after the goats from which it is sourced, elevates this classic shawl to a luxurious accessory. Karmabhoomi in India presents the wrap, which features a smart...$184.99
100% Cashmere Shawl in Taupe and Espresso from India
Taupe Tiger, 100% Cashmere Shawl in Taupe and Espresso from India
KarmabhoomiThe artisans at Karmaboomi designs this warm, yet lightweight shawl from India to feature tiger stripes of espresso over a pale taupe body. The shawl is diligently handwoven in the jacquard technique...$199.99
Handwoven Multicolored 100% Cashmere Shawl from India
Dazzling Changthang, Handwoven Multicolored 100% Cashmere Shawl from India
KarmabhoomiPashmina cashmere, originating from the Changthang district of India, is collected from local goats, which produce long inner hairs that protect them against the cold climate there. Karmabhoomi works...$199.99
Versatile Beige and Ivory Women's Cashmere Wool Shawl
Ladakh Legacy, Versatile Beige and Ivory Women's Cashmere Wool Shawl
KarmabhoomiHigh-quality cashmere wool and a neutral palette make this shawl an accessory to wear anywhere. Karmabhoomi in India presents the beige and off-white wrap, which is woven from the long, soft hairs of...$127.99
Artisan Crafted 100% Pashmina Wool Shawl from India
Purple Horizon, Artisan Crafted 100% Pashmina Wool Shawl from India
KarmabhoomiWoven by hand from Pashmina wool, this elegant shawl in subdued hues of purple, brown, and ivory is sure to impress. Pashmina wool is the finest type of cashmere and comes from the Pashmina goat, a...$199.99
Women's Pashmina Accessories(12 items)
Welcome to NOVICA's Women's Pashmina Accessories Collection designed and crafted for you by talented artisans worldwide.
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Hand-washing and dry cleaning are the most common ways to care for and clean shawls. Many of our alpaca shawls specifically indicate dry-cleaning or hand-washing with cold water. Because shawls are delicate, a garment bag is a good way to prevent damage. Avoid direct sunlight and high heat. As always, it is important to follow the care instructions specific to the fabric of your shawl.
The great thing about shawls is that they are versatile. One can find a shawl for every season. Warmth is often based on the tightness of the weave and the type of material used. Alpaca fiber is known for its thermal capacity and provides an optimal degree of warmth. Sheep wool also acts as an insulator, absorbing moisture and creating a feeling of coziness for the wearer. Shawls made of cashmere and pashmina are light and thin, yet still provide a high degree of warmth. In Mexico, shawls made from San Juan Chamula sheep keep one warm and comfortable.
Comfort is always a question of preference, but certain fabrics lend themselves to softness and warmth. Shawls from the Andes are made from super soft alpaca fibers, and provide wearers a high level of comfort. Similarly, in Thailand and Bali, silk shawls are always favorites. Depending on ones climate, particular shawls may be preferable. Central American shawls made from cotton and rayon keep wearers cool in warm climates, whereas bamboo and acrylic shawls are great for cold weather. During hot summers, Indian shawls made of modal, silk, and viscose are a perfect option, and merino wool and cashmere are ideal for winter. West Africa stands by the luxurious comfort of their 100% cotton shawls, and Mexico prioritizes comfort with their beautiful wool designs.
It depends on what you mean by handmade. We support artisans who work in the ancient traditions of their ancestors, crafting items by hand, with patience and love. But techniques vary among shawl makers. Embroidery, hand-painting, stitching, and sewing are often part of the process. Some artisans do use power looms when crafting their shawls, but even in those instances, there is no mega-factory or mass production line behind the garment. The beauty, creativity, and inspiration for each shawl comes from the artists own heart. Our product descriptions will always specify if an item is hand-woven, hand-knit, or otherwise.
The shawl comes to us full of history, culture, and heritage. Each region invests its shawls with different symbols, patterns, and designs. Some shawls, like those in West Africa and the Andes, feature linear and geometric shapes, clean lines and patterns that have been passed down through the centuries. In Bali, we find elaborate batik designs, a technique that makes use of alternating dye and wax to block color. In Central America, embroidered and woven shawls incorporate designs inspired by corn, butterflies, and birds. Floral patterns are very popular in Indian shawls, particularly in pashminas from Kashmir. Gujarati shawls often depict geometric shapes, and artisans increasingly incorporate contemporary designs through hand-painted fabric. Thailand also integrates floral patterning, often using the yok dok technique, a brocade style that leaves the fabric slightly raised. This emphasis on brocade is also evident in Mexican shawls, with lavish designs in the form of frets, flowers and geometric figures, all inspired by pre-Hispanic cultures.
Fibers, dyes, and fabrics come together in innovative, unique ways during the creation of a shawl. Different regions rely on resources that are readily available and have cultural significance. In West Africa, 100% cotton and rayon frequently make their appearances in shawls. In Bali and Thailand, soft silk lends a luxuriousness to the shawl. Central American artisans incorporate bamboo rayon, while India makes use of wool and silk. Mexico boasts an array of vibrant natural and cotton yarn dyes, and artisans from the Andes weave shawls out of soft alpaca fiber.
Throughout the world, the shawl is considered a venerated garment, made by hand from techniques passed down through generations. The methods for making traditional shawls vary as widely as the regions from which they come. But most employ some method of hand knitting or weaving on a loom. In the Andes, for example, crocheting and flat weaving on a treadle loom are common techniques. In Central America, backstrap and foot looms are popular with artisans. In Bali, one finds intricate sewing, in addition to weaving. And in India and Thailand, practices of hand-painting fabric, batik, and the use of natural dyes are intimately tied to the creation of shawls.
Featured Review on Women's Pashmina Accessories
"Karmabhoomi uses Ladakh’s abundant resources to generate incomes for the villagers which will be invested in the local people's education."