Shawl History

Shawls have been in use for centuries, originating from Kashmir and Persia.

Essentially the shawl was a male garment and the use of it was marked as a sign of nobility. In the 18th century to the end of the 1860s Europe was introduced to the shawl and quickly regarded as a versatile fashion accessory and graced the shoulders of women in every strata of society. As the century progressed and throughout much of the 19th century, shawls were still the forefront of elegant fashion.

The Kashmir shawl sadly went in decline not because of their popularity but because of global politics and famine during the end of the 19th century. However, women still wore shawls made from gauze, silk or lace. Kashmir shawls were revived again in the mid 20th century under their government’s patronage. Today the Kashmir shawl is back where it belongs on the shoulders of those who appreciate its quality, heritage and workmanship.

​​​​​​​At Este Estilo we’ve followed our dream; by using the same high quality of skillfulness but adding quirky embellishments to create that certain Wow Factor, which we know that everyone enjoys.