Even today the Pashmina embodies the exoticism of the East, and the elegance of the past.
In France, the first Shawl arrived in a trunk belonging to General Napoleon Bonaparte.
He gave it to his first wife, Joséphine de Beauharnais, on her return from the Egyptian campaign.
This marked the beginning of the influence of Kashmir Valley in Europe, in particular in the development of a new style, centred on one of the most emblematic oriental motifs: the paisley pattern.
Over the centuries, the craftsmen of Kashmir Valley have reached great heights in their artistic expression.
The Pashmina Shawl is part of it.
Moreover, its development was considerable between 1586 and 1877.
Three centuries during which Kashmir was ruled by four successive foreign dominations, the Mughals, Afghans, Sikhs and Dogras.
Ultimately, during this period of its history, Kashmir benefited from the impetus of each of these cultures.
Finally, all have made a unique contribution to the development of the art of the Cashmere Shawl...….