• Kashmir’s famed pashmina shawls, known for centuries for their intricate buta or paisley patterns, got a French touch this week.
  • Artist Maximilien Pellet turned the fabric into a canvas for contemporary art forms at a Parisian exhibition, in a rare bid to cater to Western sensibilities.
  • Mujtaba Qadri, owner of the label Me&K, introduced the pashmina shawls with modern art during the Maison & Objet exhibition held in Paris between January 19-23.
  • “Pashmina — or cashmere as it’s called in the West — is a fabric loved and respected the world over.
  • That said, very few people are aware of the role Kashmir played in this legacy. Instead of restricting its usage and aesthetics within small elite circles, I wanted to give pashmina a more global flavour, infusing modernity and minimalism through the artist’s signature,” he told The Hindu.
  • The transformation, where the shawls were adorned with abstract paintings rather than embroidery, has re-introduced the fabric with new-age aesthetics.
  • “The effort was one of a kind, taking art into utility and beyond,” said Mr. Qadri, whose shawls evoked curiosity among fashion aficionados and locals.
  • The French artist Mr. Pellet described the art fusion with the Kashmir industry as an “honour” for his designs.
  • “I am more and more interested in the variation of my work with different techniques and different supports in order to break the border between art and design.
  • When I have the opportunity to work in collaboration with quality craftsmen, it is an honour for my designs,” Mr. Pellet told The Hindu.
  • Pellet has been tracking the craft industry of Kashmir. “I was able to understand all the different stages of the work done by hand. It represents a real fascination. I have the impression that it is another relationship to time,” he said.


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