These amazing Natural Pashmina shawls are handmade from the finest quality cashmere in the world. The famed Pashmina, or Changthangi, goat was at the heart of the cashmere trade that started centuries ago in Kashmir where 'pashmina' literally translates to 'soft gold." Cashmere is made in many places around the world. The secret to pashmina is that it only comes from this special goat that lives high in the Ladakhi Himalaya.
Today, these light brown and cream goats wander the high elevations of the Indian Himalaya with their 'Changpa' herders. After spending the winter above 13,500 feet, they bring their goats down to the valleys in the summer and comb out the under fleece from their herds. The herders sell the raw pashmina to specialized craftsmen who comb, spin and weave the fibre by hand using traditional methods.
Our natural pashmina shawls are 100% pashmina and the color is all natural. These authentic pashmina shawls will add a touch of luxury to your wardrobe!
Size: 220 x 105 cm (87" x 41")
*We also carry a smaller version Natural Pashmina Scarf (220 x 76 cm, 87" x 30" ) so look for this product too!
This work by Nepal’s contemporary religious master artist Udaya Charan Shrestha is named Mahalaxmi, meaning ‘the great Laxmi.' It depicts the goddess Mahalaxmi, the eighth mother goddess, Asta Matrika, in Nepalese Hinduism. She emerges from a lotus in a churning sea, holding Newar ornaments against blazing flames. Mahalaxmi is in the permanent collection of the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum in Japan. This stunning paubha highlights Udaya’s style through its intricate detail, contemporary sensuality and creative originality.
This original thangka, or paubha in Nepal, is painted in the traditional manner with a twist. Rather than paint with ground mineral pigments, Udaya paints primarily with oil paint on primed cotton canvas. He is a master of detail as can be seen in the incredible jewelry, ornaments and beautiful face. A painting of this size will take several months to compose, sketch and complete.
As the original painting has sold, Mahakala Fine Arts has produced a Collector's Edition print so that you can collect this museum quality work of art. This piece is limited to 100 prints and can only be found at Mahakala Fine Arts. It is printed on thick archival paper in the same quality used by top museums worldwide.
With your 75 cm (29.5 inch) print you will receive an authentication card, numbered and signed by the artist.
Mahakala Fine Arts donates a portion of all print sales to social programs in the Himalaya. Please join us!
If you have questions, please email Mahakala@MahakalaFineArts.com for more information.
Treat your self to the most luxurious scarves in the world! For centuries, ladies have treasured the beautiful hand-embroidered shawls from the idyllic Himalayan valley of Kashmir. The techniques have been passed down through the generations and now you can comfort yourself in the soft luxury and exquisite needlework of our pashmina shawls and stoles.
The elegant hand-embroidered pashmina shawl is a masterpiece of Kashmiri artistry! Nestled in the foothills of the Indian Himalaya, Kashmir is the original source for cashmere, hence the name, that was then exported to colonial Britain. Kashmir became famous for its soft materials as well as its rich designs and patterns.
This scarf is made from the soft hair of high altitude Changthangi goats from the Ladakh region. Skilled Kashmiri artisans then sew silk thread into intricate designs onto the pashmina, taking months and years depending on the design. Lastly, it is signed by the artisan in silk thread as a seal of authenticity.
Size: 200 x 100 cm (79' x 39')