The long Kashmiri jacket is the ethnic equivalent of the unputdownable trench coat of the west. It makes a statement that is unique; comes with a silhouette to die for; and adds personality to the rest of your ensemble, no matter how indifferently put together. The silk jackets of Kashmir are a unique work of art. Firstly, they are made from pure homegrown silk that is endemic to the region. Secondly, the skill to work with such delicate fabric including spinning into yarn, dyeing, and embroidering lies exclusively with local artisans in the valley. Finally, the colours and motifs that go into finishing these jackets are exquisite.
The one you see on this page is a gorgeous silk number that you could layer over Indian as well as western outfits. The base colour is a pale grey that takes on a silvery shimmer from the silk make. Superimposed on the same is a luxuriant network of ari embroidery. It is a kind of continuous chain stitch technique done with miniscule crewels. Its jet black and verdure makes for an appeal that is at once earthy and ethnic. Let this be your signature jacket this winter as you add a traditional spin to any gathering you walk in wearing this one.