Kashmir's famed Pashmina shawl was among the gifts that Prime Minister Narendra Modi carried for European leaders in his just concluded visit to Germany, Denmark, and France. He presented the delicately embroidered Pashmina stole to the Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson during their meeting for the bilateral meeting in Copenhagen where they discussed ways to deepen bilateral ties and the progress in the Joint Action Plan.
A senior Kashmir-based journalist Ahmed Ali Fayyaz has posted a tweet about it:
PM @narendramodi gifted a Kashmir-made Pashmina stole in a papier maché box to Sweden PM Magdalena Andersson. Kashmir's Pashmina stoles/shawls have a long relationship with Europe. Napoleon Bonaparte's wife had a big collection of Pashmina shawls. Give to all govt heads in Europe https://t.co/TthwJqi1wW pic.twitter.com/k25h5YxzUg
— Ahmed Ali Fayyaz (@ahmedalifayyaz) May 5, 2022
As a goodwill gesture Modi gifted a Pashmina stole to PM of Sweden Magdalena Andersson. The stole was packed in a Papier Mache box from Jammu & Kashmir.
It' said that European Queen and other Royalty had been very fond of the Pashmina shaws and stoles
Pashmina weaving is an exclusive art of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir which is known for producing one of the finest Pashmina stoles. The wool used for making Pashmina stoles comes from a special breed of Pashmina sheep that is rared by tribesmen in Changthang, Ladakh.
The box in which the stole was packed is a Kashmir Papier Mache box which is handcrafted and colored. The piece is hand-painted in a floral design depicting the flora and fauna of the Kashmir valley.
The design used in this piece is an intricate pattern drawn with a fine thin brush. Water-based colours and natural pigments have been used in this piece. Pure gold foil and paint have been used in the design which imparts a royal look to the piece. Finally, the piece is coated with lacquer which protects it from water and gives extra durability