It is the embroidery on these stoles that makes them unique. The technique in question is called ari in the vernacular, the name given to a superfine crewel. It is endemic to the artisans of the valley and is characterised by its dense, ornate finish. Zoom in on the repetitive, high-precision motifs that define the field of each stole. Variegated flowers in pastel tones, thickly curving vines in pink and gold, organic-coloured foliage, riotously coloured blooms, and monotone wilderness. With the exception of the Salsa Black number, each of these stoles features an eclectic colour palette that modern Indian fashionista could experiment with.
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