Jamawar or grown piece, is a special type of shawl made in Kashmir. “Jama” means robe and “war” is yard. The best quality of Jamawar is built with Pashmina, wool , silk. The brocaded parts are woven in similar threads of silk or polyester. Most of the designs seen today are floral, with the kairy (i.e. the paisley) as the predominant motif. Historically handmade items, some shawls took a couple of decades to complete; consequently, original Jamawar shawls are highly valued.Modern, machine-made Jamawar prints, produced in cities such as Kashmir and other parts of Pakistan, Punjab cost less to buy but handmade Jamawar are very expensive.
Today, the best and the most expensive Jamawar is woven in Kashmir.Third-generation family traders from a small town in UP called Najibabad have the most ancient collection of these exquisite jamawars which they are preserving by darning.