'Royal Pashmina Exhibition' begins at Delhi

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A huge collection of hand spin, hand woven shawls and finest quality of silk and needle, hand embroidered collection of "Pashmina Royal Shawls" exhibition was organized by Jammu and Kashmir Handloom Development Corporation, here.

The 7-day Exhibition (7th to 13th December 2012) was inaugurated by Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Resources, Government of India today here.

On the occasion he appreciated the unique Pashmian collection of Royal Pashmina items and congratulated the Department for organising the exhibition.

The Jammu and Kashmir State Handloom Development Corporation has revived the traditional skill of handspun hand woven Pashmina stalls and has developed a range of shawls in contemporary colours and designs as well which are displayed in the exhibition and visitors were pleased to see the traditional specimen craft, which has been reproduced and is related to Mughal, Afgan, Sikh and Dogra rule who had patronized the Royal craft.

However, care has been taken that the reproduction of specimens matching all quality parameters are exact duplication and one piece per specimen has been reproduced with no likelihood of these specimens being copied or produced by anyone else, an official said. "The recreating of these masterpieces of olden times are collection of 600 specimen of Pashmina shawls, from International Museums private collections, from rare books, where from sample has been documented and  taken up for recreation," he said.

Pashmina shawls were known world over and were immensely popular in Europe. Huge quantities were exported to Europe where these are in Museums as pieces of art and in private collection as pieces of inheritance.