Derived from the Persian shal, a shawl is one of the most universal items of clothing as it appears in many traditional costumes. Silk shawls with a fringe are believed to have originated in China in the 19th century and have since become an indispensable accessory for women. At Novica’s gallery of silk shawls you will find a plethora of designs and colors from master weavers around the world.
In Indonesia, women’s batik silk shawls mirror the islands’ floral exuberance and in India, patterned silk shawls are woven in colors inspired by the country’s fabulous gemstones. Silk shawls for women woven in Kashmir are amongst the most coveted for their softness and for the colorful intricacy of their floral compositions.