Lot 69
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Circa 1930s
Approx. 5ft 10 in x 6ft 6in (182.8 x 203.2 cms)
Pashmina wool

Kanni shawls are woven in a fine twill tapestry. One or two weavers sit on a horizontal loom with 10 cm wooden needles like pieces without eyes, charred and blunted called "Kanni" or (Tojis)
The Pashmina that is used in both the warp as well as weft is from the Changra goat locally known as "lena"that dwells in the high altitudes of Ladakh and Tibet.Yarns of all the colors required are wrapped tightly around the fine long wooden needles or Kannis and then placed in the appropriate position on the warp.The weaver picks up the warp in one hand and then with the other hand brings the kannis backwards and forwards as the pattern requires following his design according to the description on the paper in front of him in traditional writing ( talim).
It is rare to find complete Kanni shawls and this square is one of them.

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  Lot 69 of 70  

27-28 NOVEMBER 2012

Rs 2,75,000 - 3,25,000
$5,190 - 6,135



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