KULU SHAWLS

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The distinctive of Himachal designed to unusual patterns, Weaves-to perfection, and styled-to comfort. A rich warm experience all the way.
Kulu has been famous for its shawls with striking geometrical patterns and vibrant lives. Traditionally, two types of shawls were woven here: the Pattu for women and the chadru for men. Both are much larger than the shawls used by the people in the Plains.
The Patu is wrapped around the body over the Kameri a full steeved shirt, in such a way that it covers the trunk, arms and lower half of the body, down to the ankles. Both ends of the Pattu are brought over the shoulders and held in place with silver pins or skewers linked together with chains. The distinctive feature of kulu shawls is the stripes or bands running horizontally widthwise at the lateral ends. These bands, a few centimeters wide and varying from two to seven centimeters on each side are decorated with a variety of patterns woven in brilliant colours like yellow, green, white or red on a blade background or orange and green on a brown base. Some shawls display a flying bird motif scattered over the surface. Motifs such as stylished floral patterns, phul; dolls with raised hands, guddi; drops, tipu; and stars, tara; are evenly distributed between parallel lines.

Shawls came to be woven in Kulu after kinnaur weavers settled there about a century ago. Before the arrival of these weavers, pattus with chequered patterns, composed of black and white hands , were produced in Kulu, black and white being the natural colours in wool. The local term for them is lungi dan: dhari means stripes and lungi stands for alternating sections.All Pattus have borders varying from one centimeter to seven centimeters in width, which merge with the stripes. Such pattus are still woven but the size of square has shrunk.

The chadru worn by the men is much simpler and display layer black and white chquered patterns. Wool is obtained from the local sheep and men weave it themselves at home. In early 1920s, the Kulu shawl industry experienced a slump and would have become a forgotten craft if the govt. had not interfered and set up an industrial training school in Kulu district to train weavers.
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