Top 5 Types of Embroidered Shawls and Stoles

Top 5 Types of Embroidered Shawls and Stoles

Ever wondered what embroidery style's on that shawl or stole? Embroidery has various types, depending on thread thickness and material used, not to mention the techniques involved. Here's a detailed look at some of the embroidery shawls available at Zamour:

Aari Embroidery

Technique: This is the most common one! Aari embroidery means using a hooked needle to create chain-stitch patterns. It has a relatively thick thread work. Started with cotton thread embroideries using small hand-operated machines, most of the aari embroideries are being done with the help of machines now. It is known by the name of "Aari" in Western parts of India and "Kashida" in the northern parts of India.


In Zamour's Aari Collection  you can find most of the aari work designs as mentioned below.

  • Floral Motifs: Includes flowers, leaves and vines
  • Animals: Peacocks, elephants, and birds.
  • Paisleys: Patterns resembling a droplet.
  • Geometric Patterns: Interlocking shapes and grids.


    Sozni Embroidery Shawls

    Technique: The original name of this technique is "Sozan Kaari" embroidery. It is typically finer and sharper than Aari technique. The fine embroideries which see on Kashmiri Shawls is usually Sozan Kaari Embroidery. It is done using silk or wool threads on pashmina or other fine wool shawls.

    Designs: Sozni embroidery typically features delicate floral and paisley motifs, often in a single color tone or contrasting shades. The careful and intricate stitching makes these shawls look posh and snazzy! These patterns have been passed down through generations of artisans, keeping the tradition alive.

    Kalamkari Shawls


    The word "Kalamkari" has originated from "kalam," which is pen, and "kari," which is craftsmanship. Kalamkari shawls originally had hand-painted or block-printed motifs on them, inspired by nature and mythology. This technique has also changed as a result of time and the evolution of technology. Now most of the kalamkari shawls are digitally printed, with an outline of embroidery on the motifs.

    Designs: As said above, the designs are inspired by nature (animals, flowers, vines and fruits), history and mythology. For historic depiction these have mughal gardens, mahals and darbars. They also have figures of gods and demigods printed on them.

    Have a look at the Kalamkari Shawls from Zamour.



    Technique: As we all might already know, Phulkari originates from Punjab and its literal meaning is flower. The stitch technique is somewhat similar to Aari but this primarily involves use of darning stitches to create floral and vibrant color geometric designs. Similar to other embroideries, it was done by hand stitching which is now being replaced with machine embroideries.

    Designs: The patterns are usually geometric and cover the entire fabric. These embroideries are more often used on dupattas rather than shawls and stoles. There are further classifications in Phulkari based upon designs, base fabric and the thread material used.

    Kantha Embroidery

    Technique: Kantha embroidery style has its origins from West Bengal and Odhisa.  The word ‘Kantha’ means ‘throat’ in Sanskrit, which is related to Lord Shiva. It was done by rural women on clothes like saris and dhotis, which then transformed it into new apparels.

     Kantha embroidery is known for being simple and subtle. Its designs are inspired by everyday life, nature, and geometric patterns.


    Whether you prefer the vibrant Kalamkari shawls or the delicate Sozni embroidery, you can find them on Zamour. Discover the embroidered selections at Zamourstore for the ideal shawl that matches your style and event.

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