What is more elegant than a very cozy shawl delicately crossed around your shoulders when you are out, near to a good wooden fire or during a trip by the waterside?
Shawls come back to fashion, and are worn either onoulders in a traditional way, or possibly on your waist, in Gypsy fashion.
The manufacture of shawls is traditionally made in woolen, cotton or linen. But the nicest ones, the softest and the nicest to wear are made in goat's down, as the Orenbourg Shawls or the Kashmir shawls. Naturally, they are the most expensive too.
The resurgence and popularization of the modern shawls come from the French Revolution, epoch where the upper middle class spoke only about Kashmir Shawls.
The French spinning mills in Lyons, Paris and Nîmes, as well as the famous manufacture of Baisley in England, managed however to compete with these productions, thanks to the modern techniques and notably the use of Jacquard looms.
Shawls are a success for near three centuries
In the 17th and 18th centuries, shawls were frankly in the trend, and was a very appreciated present by the wives of the rich middle-class persons or the easy nobility.
After the discovery of the North India production shawls (Kashmir) and Persian cloths, Europe embraced voluptuously this new fashion.
These shawls, and more generally all Indian cloths were tremendously appreciated from the Western world for their delicacy, the softness of the matter, and the exceptional variety of drawings produced by the Indian.
The softness of the Indian shawls was mainly due to their manufacture from an unknown material: the Tibet goat's hair.
In spite of all tries to produce goat's down in France, it was needed to shut on traditional wool industry to try to produce shawls which can ever compete in quality with the Indian shawls.
These novelties and this infatuation of the public for shawls, provoked a significant textile industry development after the French revolution. During almost three centuries, it was a flourishing industry which known a pause in the 20th century
Technology in the service of shawls
After a pause in the 20th century owed to the general economic impoverishment due to both European World Wars, the shawl knows an interest rebound today. It comes to a great extent from the modern techniques of manufacture which, by rationalizing the production, has allowed to consider lower costs.
It comes undoably also from the practical aspect of shawls in our modern epoch, which allows to fast change out in the course of a party, or to cover / discover oneself easily and with elegance.
Nice shawls fit to all dress styles: relaxed, everyday morning coat, formal dress or glamour, there is always a whole choice qualified to the circumstances.
Shawls dimensions are commonly found of 150×150 cm to 200×200 cm.
Where can you find some ones?
Quality Shawls are not found in every stores. So, if you really want to obtain one, it will be preferable for you to turn to the Internet, where a search engine research should allow you to find the object of your sweet dreams.