Jamawar wool shawl, 'Ivy and Paisley' (India)

Precise paisley motifs and garlands of ivy emulate the magic of jamawar embroidery. Such intricate, laborious work required painstaking precision, and could only be gifted, usually to royalty. In return the king or queen would give the textile's creator a piece of property according to its esteemed value. From, Sandeep Malhotra, this jamawar replica combines quiet shades of brown, olive, peach and grey.