July 28, 2009


pashminaAnamika Pathak’s book Pashmina is a lesson on India, the Kashmir region in particular, and the history of pashminas. The Indian shawl, or pashmina, is a long rectangular woolen fabric that has been used as a drape throughout the history of Indian costumes. Through the ages shawls have been worn by both men and women as indicated by stone sculptures, medieval miniature paintings and oil paintings. Today, not only is the shawl still a functional and very popular piece of clothing both in India and elsewhere, it’s also a piece of textile art. The author goes to great length in the explanation of how this one article of clothing is made. Even though it is an interesting book the reader can easily get bogged down in the details. Pashmina can be purchased new at or through used booksellers.  


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