Pavlovo Posad shawl

The famous Pavlovo Posad shawl is a popular accessory that has enchanted the women of Russia for over two centuries. If you want to enhance your wardrobe with an eclectic and original accessory, these shawls are a perfect option to do that, being a combination of fashion and folk style.

The Pavlovo Posad shawls first appeared in the wardrobes of women in the 17th century, quickly becoming a favorite for wealthy merchants. A century later, the Persian word “shawl” entered the Russian lexicon, which was used to refer to large patterned scarves, such as the Pavlovo Posad shawl. The shawls were treasured greatly, and often presented to brides as a wedding gift and passed on through generations.

In the 1700-1800’s with the improvement of production methods, the shawls could be produced in larger numbers. The peasant farms served as the foundation for the future industrial production, housing hand-made looms and dye workshops. Manual production was replaced with steam engines and printing machines. The modernisation of production also introduced previously hand-made gold embroidery through a jacquard loom for patterned weaving. Very soon the shawl masterpieces made their way to international exhibitions, where they gained fame and popularity.

Famous decorations originated from everyday peasant life: flowers, carved patterns of architraves and spinning wheels, homespun embroidery, and elements of icon painting. Traditions in the application of design are still observed. Today, it takes about three months to create each scarf.

Nowadays, mass production of Pavlovo Posad shawls is in place, however, often only small batches of shawls are produced, making them more scarce and exclusive. Moreover, the shawls are sometimes made in a single piece never to be reproduced again. There are collectors whose collections include over 500 shawls, many of which are unique.

For more than 226 years – since 1795 – the shawls have been produced at the Pavlovo Posad shawl manufactory in the Moscow oblast. In 2006, the factory was awarded the Order of Glory to Russia for outstanding services in the preservation and development of national traditions of domestic arts and crafts.

Pavlovo Posad shawls are suitable at any time of the year, and the skill of the artists will find relevance at any given moment. Combine the shawl with a leather jacket, wear it in winter instead of a hat, or consider purchasing a silk shawl for the summer days. And when you are not wearing it, you don’t have to hide this beauty away in your closet: make the shawl a part of your interior!