Welcome to Kausani Shawl Factory


With the available resources and constraints of nature, the man learnt the art of living and thus resulting unique traditional technologies of their own, of different socio cultural regions. Handicrafts of any such region like Kumaon in Himalayas in addition to the involved art, cover the socioeconomic aspect of the rural life. Out of these Himalayan line handicrafts some are very rare and remain on the highest demand.


The Shawl word is derived from the Persian shal, which was the name for a whole range of fine woolen garments, the shawl in India was worn folded across the shoulder, and not as a girdle, as the Persians did. Even today, we sometimes see old Parsis with a shawl tied around their waist during their religious ceremonies.

Though the history of shawl weaving, with which the history of woolen textiles is closely associated, is rather obscure, references to shawls are first found in the Ramayana and Mahabharata and the Atharvaveda. The shawl is also mentioned in ancient Buddhist literature among the recorded inventories of woolen garments.


Shawls have been worn and used as a warm protective garment by kings and queens since ancient times. However, the Mughal emperor Akbar experimented with various styles and encouraged weavers to try new motifs, which helped establish a successful shawl industry.