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The Handmade Process

Our products that are produced by artisans are either completely made by hand or with the help of hand-tools.  Even when our partnered artisans make quantities of the same design, no two pieces are ever exactly alike.  They are made from sustainably produced raw materials.  In addition, their special nature derives from their distinctive features, which can be aesthetic, creative, culturally attached, decorative, functional, traditional, and socially symbolic.






Embroidered Kashmiri Shawls and Scarves


Lusinia brings to you a collection of Kashmir pashmina shawls, stoles and scarves.  The collection of contemporary designs are made on the traditional looms by magical skills of hand spinning, hand weaving and embroidery.  Artisans weave the shawls with the special wooden needles called kanis in Kashmiri.  With highly specialized weaving techniques, making of a kani shawl takes at least a year depending on the design.  The shawls have been a favorite of Mughal emperors and owing to their extraordinary beauty, skill and time involved, these shawls are exclusive as well as expensive.

“Our artisans found an unmatched expression for our splendid culture through the cherished legacy of handicrafts.  Historically fame and fortune of these handicrafts has been legendary; surmounting the barriers imposed by our geography and amazing masses across the world.  Prized around the globe, these crafts weave a magical mix of motifs and imagery that mirrors the diverse cultural of geographical tapestry of Kashmir.  This exquisite craftsmanship that evolved in the lap of pristine beauty was perfected throughout centuries of dexterous toil, evolved into a novel blend of viable economic activity and rich cultural heritage”.-Arif Banka






Printing

Lusinia also brings to you a collection of pieces using the art of block printing.  The tools used are seemingly simple. The blocks are carved with patterns and motifs, intricate or complex.  The huge diversity of traditions varies immensely from region to region in practices and techniques, each center stamping on its own unique cultural identity and differentiation.






Blocks of Beauty

The three main tools of a block printed fabric are the wooden blocks, the fabric and the dye.  It can take five carvers up to three days to create an intricate design in a block for use as a printing block.  The printers may use up to 30 blocks to complete a design.  Separate blocks are required for each of the colors used in a design and it not unusual to have four or five colors in a professional design.  It can take twenty people, each doing a separate task, up to eight hours to prepare a single block printed garment. With all this, the results can only be unique.