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Ivory and Teal Prayer Shawl

SKU#  478462
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Why We Love It

Our Ivory and Teal Prayer Shawl comes to you from the holy city of Benaras on the banks of the River Ganges, where shawls have been used in prayer rituals for centuries. We offer a modern twist on tradition with this vibrant, hand block-printed shawl featuring a three-toned pattern.

Details & Dimensions

  • Made of 100% rayon
  • Dry clean only
  • World Market exclusive
  • Made in India
36"W x 70"L

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The Story Behind It

Indian Prayer Shawls: Sacred Beauty

Indian prayer shawls are world-renowned for their rich color and artisan weaving process. First used in Hindu prayer rituals over 3,000 years ago, prayer shawls are still used in sacred traditions in many different religious faiths across the world. These shawls are also popular fashion garments beloved from the Middle East to the Western World for their softness and elegance. At World Market, we are proud of our authentic, handwoven shawls in many hues and their rich history that dates back thousands of years.

The Kashmir region of India is famed for its textiles and woven arts. Early shawls from this region were hand spun from pashmina wool collected from wild mountain goats. Kashmiri shawls became a signature Indian art form, beloved for their warmth, smoothness and the ease with which they could be dyed. In fact, the fabric motif known as paisley developed from traditional prayer shawl designs that featured leaves, flowers, trees and other life-affirming symbols of nature. In addition to being worn as sacred accents, prayer shawls are also used as decorations in the home. By the nineteenth century Indian shawls became highly popular in Western Europe as fashion accessories. Now, their traditional style can be seen in all parts of the world!

The Indian tradition of creating artful shawls through hand weaving, hand dyeing and hand embroidery still flourishes today. Many modern shawls use a blend of cashmere and silk to increase their sheen and ensure lasting durability. They're still handcrafted by artisans using a painstaking process of intricate looming passed down through generations. You'll find them in a single, often bright color or multicolored and embellished with floral patterns and block printing. We feature a lovely variety of prayer and other Indian shawls at World Market, from lush single-color offerings to vibrantly patterned, exclusive shawls directly from the holy Indian city of Benaras. Many of our shawls are perfect comforts for wintertime, and others have been brightly dyed for year-round use. They also make fine, kaleidoscopic additions to home décor either spread out or tied. We find that shawls work beautifully on any occasion, be it casual or dressy, and their immaculate artisan crafting is what makes them truly sacred.

Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 6 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Beautiful I have bought several items from World Market, not just the scarves. I bought furniture several years back. I have always enjoyed every item. Thank you for good quality products. January 29, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Absolutely lovely. I was worried when I purchased this that the material might not be soft and possibly uncomfortable. This was not the case. It's soft and doesn't irritate my sensitive skin. Love it! I've also had several compliments. Definitely a keeper. January 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love at first sight I love everything about his shawl, the fabric, the feel, the colors. I love shawls and have many of them. This is by far one of the best. January 11, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Specific Tastes This item was purchased a a gift. The recipient did not care for the design on the shawl. The quality of the item is good, but it is important to be mindful of the person this gift is intended for to avoid issues. I kept this for myself and I love it, but consideration must be made to give this gift. December 24, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Love it BUT…. This scarf is great and the only reason I am slightly negative is due to the color. The Ivory/Teal description is not correct in my opinion. The scarf is more of an ecru with a very dark teal or blue. It is pretty but I wish the color was more true to the pictures. Otherwise the quality and details are super and I wish they had this design in other colors. I have bought quite a few of these prayer shawls and this new design is the best! November 19, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Teal is great; shawl very lightweight Was hoping to use this for a throw, but it won't work for that. It is not drapey and the background color isn't appropriate. I will wear the shawl. Good value for the price. May 6, 2014
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