Hi! I am a pashmina shawls weaver/manufacturer, and Sozni embroidery artisan. I was born in Srinagar, Kashmir. My father was also a weaver.
Sozni Embroidery & Pashmina Shawls Weaving Skills
Sozni embroidery and pashmina shawl weaving are our ancestral art. I learned them from my father at a very young age. My ancestors used to weave pashmina shawls and later used to embroider them with sozni.
Sozni Embroidery & Pashmina Shawls Weaving Process
I weave myself and sometimes buy pashmina shawls from local weavers and embroider them.
To weave the shawl, I buy pure pashmina yarn from the local market, dye it with artificial colors and then weave the shawl. Once the weaving of the shawl is complete, I decide on the design for embroidery. Then I do sozni embroidery on the woven shawls.
I use silk, cotton, and wool threads for embroidery. It takes at least 1 month to make a simple embroidered shawl. In some cases, this can take up to 5 years, depending on the design.
Sozni embroidered pashmina shawls are very warm, soft, and light in weight. They look very beautiful when worn. These shawls are famous all over the world for their high quality.
I have expertise in doing Sozni embroidery in the best possible way. It takes a lot of time and effort to make high-quality sozni embroidered shawls.
I have 40 years of experience in this field.
Participation in Exhibitions
I have participated in exhibitions not only in India but also abroad.
In India, I have exhibited my shawls at India International Trade Fair (New Delhi), Crafts Museum (New Delhi), Dilli Haat (New Delhi), Surajkund International Crafts Mela (Faridabad), Jawahar Kala Kendra (Jaipur), Virasat Mela (Dehradun), and Kisan Bhawan (Chandigarh).
Overseas, I have exhibited my shawls at Kuwait International Fair (Kuwait), Cairo International Fair (Egypt), Florence International Crafts Fair (Italy), and Singapore Expo Center (Singapore).
I was awarded the State Award by the Government of Jammu and Kashmir in 2011 for creating outstanding artwork in Sozni Embroidery.
Training Programmes Conducted
I have trained more than 100 artisans till now.