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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Shawls in Fashion

Shawls were originally designed with the concept of protecting individuals from severe cold. But today, they are not only a necessity but also a stylish fashion accessory for women. Shawls are the height of fashion today offering a feminine, pretty look as well as functionality. Artistically designed and finely crafted women's fashion shawls glorify every occasion. The styles and patterns of fashion shawls are so fascinating that they make heads turn.
History of Shawls
The word shawl is derived from the Persian word “shal”, which dates back several centuries ago. Shawls have been used as a warm protective garment in winters. Though the exact origin of shawl is unknown, but it is derived that people had been using shawls and they were very popular in several Western and Asian countries since ancient times. India has long been associated with manufacturing designer and fine quality shawls.
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The shawl industry in India has been flourishing since the Mughal Empire when artisans came up with several creative patterns and styles. The exclusive and ever charming Pashmina shawls from Kashmir in India had been a symbol of class and fashion for decades.
Silk shawls with fringes, made in China, were available by the first decade of the 1800s. Ones with embroidery and fringes were available in Europe and the Americas.

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The importance of these shawls in fashionable women's wardrobes declined at the end of the 1800s in Western culture. However, they became part of folk dress in a number of places including Germany, various parts of Latin America, and Spain where they became a part of gipsy dress. These embroidered items were revived in the 1920s under the name of Spanish shawls. Some cultures incorporate shawls of various types into their national folk dress, mainly because shawls were much more commonly used in earlier times.
What do you think about shawls, scarves and pashminas? Leave your comment below.
Fashion blogger: Elle B.

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