Kullu Shawls occupy a place of pride among the Handicrafts of
Kullu. They are world famous for their elegant look, brilliant
traditional patterns ,
quality and reasonable cost.
A shawl is a light woolen fabric measuring 1 x 2 meters. It is
usually draped around and over the chest and shoulders by women.
Generally, the yarn
is Merino Wool, Angora Wool, Pashmina Wool, local sheep wool or
a combination of any of these. Men also wear shawls, these are
known as Loi or Chaddar.
Kullu shawls occupy an imperative position in the economy of the
valley and to realize the demand 20000 to 22000 people are partially
engaged in this field and about 10000 people fully earn their
livelihood from the industry.
The price of shawls depends upon the quality
and the pattern and
ranges from Rs. 100 to Rs. 12000. The ones made on the handloom
are expensive as compared to those made on the powerloom.