Valley offers Kinnauri shawls, apart from the mainly produced
Kullu shawls .
The artistic hand-woven woolen shawls from Kinnaur Valley (the
higher hills of Himachal Pradesh) are truly unique from the others
and believed to be centuries old.
The raw material
used in Kullu Shawls are Australian merino wool, Pashmina wool
and local sheep wool. Kullu Shawls Their elaborate designs
bear a strong Central Asian influence and have a symbolic and
religious implication. Basic colours used for Kinnauri shawls
are red, orange, pink, blue, green, yellow, black and white for
patterning and white, black and natural greys or brown as the
base. White stands for water, yellow stands for earth, red for
fire, green for air and blue for aether.
This craft originally belongs to Kinnaur Valley. In 1927, the
craftsmen from Rampur, Bhusheher migrated to Kullu Valley and
settled here and made an inevitable contribution to Kulvi (of
Kullu) craft of shawl weaving.
Most of the shawls for commercial use are woven on the frame
loom, though the one for local use is still woven on the pitloom.
A shawl is not complete in the first stage. It undergoes an elaborate
hand- stitching of two half pieces from the center, weaved separately.
These shawls are also manufactured as a single piece.