Jamdani silk shawl, 'Cool Nature' (India)

Sarita casts a spell of cool elegance with the blue, red, brown, beige, turquoise, black, and gold shades of this shawl. Her modern design honors the centuries-old Bengali jamdani weaving style. This spectacular wrap is woven on a pit loom with mulberry silk for the warp and hand-spun matka silk for the weft. The word jamdani is of Persian origin, jam meaning flower and dani meaning vase. The earliest mention of this type of weave comes from the 3rd century BC, wheng flower and dani meaning vase. The earliest mention of this type of weave comes from the 3rd century BC, when it was known to Arab, Chinese and Italian travelers and traders. Regarded as the most artistic textile of Bangladesh, jamdani is often rich in motifs - akin to tapestry work. read more

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