What can match the elegance of a classic black shawl? Graceful, feminine and beautiful, black shawls combine with almost everything. The shawl is worn in most cultures worldwide, but it is thought to have originated in ancient Assyria, spread to the Middle East and then to Western Europe. Paisley pashminas and Kashmiri shawls were especially popular in Victorian England. Whether your taste runs to silk batik, embroidered cotton, classic Indian jamawar or cozy Andean alpaca shawls, you'll find an array of beautiful designs by Novica artisans.