Shawl : What is it?
Shawls are triangular, rectangular, or square fabrics (usually wool, silk, or cotton) draped over the shoulders, head, or the upper body. They are excellent heat insulators for the fall and winter seasons. In some cultures, shawls are used to cover the head and face during prayer or religious ceremonies. They are available in an array of colors and designs.
Kinds of Shawls include the following:
- Kashmir shawls – also known as Indian shawls – are hand-woven shawls made of wool.
- They were popular in Western Europe in the 19th century, but are still used today.
- Most Kashmir shawls has fringed edges.
- Silk shawls are soft and flowing. They are available in plain and printed styles. Some are hand embroidered with different designs.
- They originally came from China before but quickly became popular in the Americas, Europe, and Latin America.
- Cotton shawls are made of pure cotton or a combination of cotton and nylon.
- They are the most inexpensive shawls available.
|Washing: Most embroidered shawls can only be dry-cleaned, as regular hand washing can fray the design and cause fading.|
Size: Look for a triangular shawl for draping over the shoulders and a larger, rectangular shawl for wrapping tightly around the body.
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