FABRIC OF INDIA / THE KASHMIR SERIES
The Metallic Kani Goes to the MET
The two words ‘metallic’ and ‘kani’ when placed together open an immediate dialogue between the traditional and contemporary. Where the complex sustenance of handmade textiles is impossible without modernisation. Especially the Kashmiri kani which in its traditional form did not include the use of metallic threads or zari blended yarn. Now, made by the Delhi-based Kashmir Loom, these kanis created on wooden sticks or bobbins were handwoven with zari yarn instead of just multi-coloured threads. This contemporary version finds pride of place at the Heirloom Project Bazaar at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Textile historian, designer and co-founder of Kashmir Loom, Housego has helped inspire a generation of skilled craftsmen and set up one of the finest ateliers dealing in Cashmere. In this issue, she shares a photo album of Kashmir Loom and its impeccable, lustrous pashmina.
How to save it: the Kashmiri shawl
Painters and poets have long been entranced by its finely woven folds, but the future of the Kashmiri shawl is far from certain.
Victoria Frolova reports
Cashmere by John Singer Sargent, 1908 – one of the many artworks inspired by the Kashmiri shawl | Image: Archivart/Alamy Stock Photo
How to Visit Kashmir by HANYA YANAGIHARA
No need to go to India for the finest pashminas
It’s the soft, soft wool that makes these pashminas special
Where to shop in Srinagar: From pherans to fruit, Jasreen Mayal Khanna explores the offerings in Kashmir’s capital and comes away richer.