About Hamsa Shawls
by Sylvia Stanley, Chief Shawl Lover
Hamsa Shawls was founded in year 2000 after our first extended journey to India to further our practice of Yogic meditation. The elegance, grace, and beauty of the textile arts there is almost beyond the realm of human imagination, yet many dedicated souls on the Subcontinent have for centuries been engaged in the development of this unique Art, and are known to be the creators of the finest, most beautiful shawls actively sought by collectors everywhere. The Kashmiri Shawl is legendary, and it is within these roots of the shawl trade in the high Himalayas that the passion for exploring and collecting fine shawls became a vision.
Shawls have always been important to meditators of many traditions for the intimacy and warmth afforded by this simple wrap, as well as for other practical uses during periods of personal retreat and travel. Finding it difficult to acquire good quality shawls here in the U.S., even at specialty stores in ethnic, ashram, or retreat communities, I decided to directly import the lovely, absolutely gorgeous shawls from India that are still a constant source of delight and amazement for their sheer beauty, even after handling thousands of shawls, wraps, and stoles for many years.
Initially intending to pursue a wholesale endeavor after working within the high tech world of Silicon Valley, I brought in a first order of shawls in a variety of unique designs and hosted a private showing for the many wonderful ladies who were both friends and colleagues. Their enthusiastic response was enough to let me know that the styles and qualities I had selected were wonderfully suitable for the lifestyle and sensibilities of the professional woman on the go. And, I discovered that it was the individual that I wanted to serve, and learned the joys of the personal relationships that are often formed when an individual seeks advice on selecting just the right shawl. With an artistic background in jewelry design, goldsmithing, painting, and drawing, I became thoroughly fascinated with the exquisite world of textiles and design from the ancient Himalayan kingdoms and was thrilled to find a new creative outlet!
With ongoing training in the art of the shawl by a Master of Shawl from Kashmir, coupled with personal instruction in the various adornments and creation of Pure Pashmina shawls by the largest producer of Pashmina in Kashmir, the Hamsa Shawls collection has since expanded from our initial offerings of Paisley Shawls and Meditation Shawls to include Luxury Shawls that are treasured by collectors, exquisite Hand-Embroidered Shawls, custom designed Evening Shawls and Evening Wraps, quality Designer Shawls woven with rare and superfine fibers, and the incomparable Pure Pashmina Shawls from Kashmir. Working with a team of designers and producers in Northern India, we are privileged to enjoy a long association with one of the most highly respected members of the trade who is also our mentor, a Master of Shawl who designs our most exclusive shawls and guides our selection of shawls most suitable for the U.S. and European markets.
By choice, the Hamsa Shawls collection is offered only online providing the opportunity to a broad audience of first-time buyers, collectors, and those seeking a fine gift shawl to acquire beautiful shawls, stoles, and wraps not normally available in major department stores. As a small concern dedicated to providing lovely quality, design, and exemplary Customer Service to our buyers, we find ourselves through the years also devoted to supporting the artists of the Himalayan range who fashion, weave, and embroider our fabulous shawls.
We hope you take thorough delight in our selections of exquisite shawls and wraps, and trust that every Hamsa Shawl will be enjoyed for many enchanting occasions!
For further information, questions, or assistance in choosing a shawl, please feel free to contact me personally either via email email@example.com or phone 800.951.3631(please leave a message for Sylvia if calling before 9:30 am or after 5:00 pm Pacific time zone). We are very fortunate to be located in Truckee, California situated in one of the most gorgeous places on Earth, the High Sierra Mountains surrounding Lake Tahoe.
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