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ABOUT KASHMIR ROSE
"Art is born of the observation and investigation of nature."
-Marcu Tullius Cicero, 43 BC
As the Kashmir Shawl traveled through the eastern hemisphere, they were not introduced to Europe until the late 1700s. After French Emperor and military leader, Napoleon Bonaparte, presented Empress Josephine with a Kashmir Shawl, it quickly became a status symbol and a desirable gift amongst women throughout Europe. Many famous figures, such as Marie Antoinette of France, were rarely seen without a shawl draped or tied around them. The keenness of these accessories grew to such an extent that many women ordered their royal tailors to sew their collection of shawls into dresses that could be worn while simultaneously draping another shawl around their body.
The Kashmir Shawl became a desired accessory for many reasons. For starters, the fine fibers of the Pashmina goat are so exclusive, they are found only in the altitudes and temperatures of the Kashmiri Mountains. The wool found on these goats is key to the warm, yet lightweight material used for Kashmir Shawls. The Pashmina wool is unique in that the fibers are very fine (12-13.5 microns) while also being suitable for winter conditions. With such a small diameter, the Pashmina fiber must be hand-processed with the gentlest weaving to ensure the highest quality. Consequently, shawls with the simplest border of embroidery can take longer than a month to produce, while more intricate designs often take many months and sometimes years to complete.
For this reason the preservation of Kashmiri Art is essential. The hand embroidered designs and careful weaving techniques embody more than a beautiful accessory for us to cherish. The intricate work you see is the Kashmiri artisan’s livelihood. By sustaining their art, Kashmir Rose are creating jobs, educating and saving hundreds of years of technique and tradition.
Kashmir Rose is the art history division of Kashmir World Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Great Falls, Virginia. Our mission is to protect endangered species through art preservation, collaboration and education. Sales from Kashmir Rose support protection of endangered species worldwide including the rare snow leopards of Kashmir through Kashmir World Foundation projects and programs.
As a descendant of royals from Kashmir, Princess Aliyah founded Kashmir Rose with a vision to blend historical designs that adorned the Royals of Europe and Russia during the 17th & 18th Centuries with a modern perspective on the fragility of nature and the importance of preserving the beauty of diversity. Using sustainable methods for collecting, processing, coloring, and weaving; these fine works of art are crafted without harm to wildlife or the ecosystem.
We choose a social model to empower with education, training and jobs. Education provides the foundation for artists and patrons who are inspired by the rich history of Kashmir Shawls. Collaboration with international design students and Kashmiri artists provides cultural exchange to create awe-inspiring works of art that are transformed to modern styles yet incorporating the timeless designs and patterns. Ultimately, leading to a network of innovative jobs worldwide.
The collaboration between the East and West preserves art and sustainable communities through bridging the gap between artists and clients who have an appreciation for fine fabrics, history and elegance.
Nestled in between China, India and Pakistan, Kashmir is a mountainous country that has been producing beautiful hand-woven art since the 15th century and is known for being the pivotal passage point between India and the rest of the world during British rule. It was through Kashmir that Indian goods, culture, and knowledge were able to reach regions across the globe.