Extensively embroidered in the best needle techniques that dates back to ages; designed with long needle on a stretched fabric, Aari embroidery is a speciality of Kashmiri artisans who create it in fine, concentric rings of chain stitched using a special hooked needle called ‘Aar’. This Kashmiri woollen stole with the distinctive dull colored smoke-blue base is highlighted by the fine and delicate hand embroidery by thick cotton thread that beautifully depicts the bright yellow and pink colored motifs of flowers, leaves and vines. The alluring border forms the characteristic chain like flower patterns while the centre is spread evenly depicting nature at its best.
Kashmir is one of the best epicentres for hand embroidered Aari shawls that hold their effective place even in contemporary fashion and high demand across the globe because of its richness and intrinsic web like patterns. This time consuming process is more of worth as it works well in all seasons and this shawl can be paired with all kinds of garments (traditional or western) and footwears for a decorated outfit.