Crafts Museum

Crafts Museum
New Delhi, India

The kani shawl, a particular loom woven shawl, as opposed to the later amli or embroidered variety, was once the mainstay of the economic industry in Kashmir and the village Kanihama from where the shawl probably derives its name.

The hashiya, or narrow-patterned border along the sides of this yellow ochre shawl is executed in floral creeper on a white ground. The broad end-pieces or phala are embellished and flowering cones shaping out into an ambi or mango motif. These in turn are bound between two horizontal narrow borders, or tanjir, in single flower motifs within seprate hexagonal white grounds.


  • Title: Shawl
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: 1780/1799
  • Location: Kashmir
  • Physical Dimensions: Loom woven design in natural dyes on wool or goat fleece, 270 cm x 140 cms
  • Provenance: Kashmir
  • Type: Kani Shawl
  • Rights: Text : Jyotindra Jain, Aarti Aggarwala. Museums of India, National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum, New Delhi. Ahmedabad: Mapin Publishing Pvt. Limited, 1989.ISBN 0-944142-23-0 Photograph by : Pankaj Shah
  • Gallery: Crafts Museum collection

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