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Pashminas & Pichwais at an auction near you soon: Durokha-Doranga, made over a decade, expected to fetch Rs 60L

The carpet and rugs segment offers a range showcasing an entire hunting scene made of Tabriz wool.

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Last Updated: Jan 22, 2020, 05.21 PM IST
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Durokha-Doranga has the exact same motifs on both sides, however, the base grounds of the shawl on the reverse sides are different.
Later this month online auction house AstaGuru.com will host its second edition of the textile auction, with over 100 lots up for grabs. The auction will bring together a variety of patterns and weaves like Benarasi fabrics, Pichwais, Kashmiri Pashmina, Herati design of Afghanistan and Shirwan pattern of the Caucasian region to name a few.

The highlight of the auction comes from the Pashmina Shawl segment - Durokha-Doranga priced at Rs 60 lakh. This shawl was created over a decade and a half by eight craftsmen as opposed to two to four craftsmen required for a regular shawl. The shawl has exact same motifs on both sides, however, the base grounds of the shawl on the reverse sides are different.

The other Pashminas include Moon & Peacock shawl with Islim Design and the Kani Khatras Pashmina shawl with a stripes formation.

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​The Moon & Peacock shawl with Islim Design is among the Pashminas going under the hammer.
The Moon & Peacock shawl with Islim Design is among the Pashminas going under the hammer.

Apart from the Pashmina shawls, the carpet and rugs segment offers a range showcasing an entire hunting scene made of Tabriz wool (wool from the capital city of East Azerbaijan Province in the northwest of Iran).

In the accessory segment, there are few traditional lots like Pichwais of Lord Krishna as well as wall-hangings with motifs belonging to the Jain religion. A lot of elements from India’s rich and extensive history such as a hookah base, belt, and throne can be witnessed.

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The Kani Khatras Pashmina shawl has a stripes formation.
The Kani Khatras Pashmina shawl has a stripes formation.

Speaking about the textile auction, Siddhanth Shetty, VP - strategy & operations at the auction house shared, “AstaGuru, as an organization understands the extensive scope and market of rare and eclectic categories. Therefore, over the past decade, the online auction house has widened its catalog to rare timepieces, antique jewelry, vintage cars, and textiles. Considering the diversity of the Indian textile landscape, we have included rugs, shawls, sarees and also the traditional art form of Pichwai in our upcoming auction. We are glad to have seen the potential in this category and look forward to expanding further.”
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