Saudi crown prince dons “Kashmiri Shahtoosh Shawl”

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was spotted wearing Kashmiri Shahtoosh Shawl while chairing a board meeting of the Public Investment Fund. 

According to a report by Arab News, the prince showed off a $6,551 casual sleeveless vest by UK luxury cashmere brand Franck Namani. 

And the traditional headwear or “shemagh” worn by the crown prince, was a Kashmiri Shahtoosh shawl that costs $746 (2,800 SAR).

Shahtoosh is considered one of the finest wools in the world and is woven from the underfur of a chiru (Tibetan antelope). Weaving this wool is a skill that’s unique to Kashmiris. However, it’s trade was banned in 1975 under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to which India is a signatory. The Tibetan antelope, which migrates from Tibet to Ladakh in summer, is entitled to the highest level of protection as it is listed in Schedule I of the India’s Wildlife (Protection) Act.

The Saudi royal opted for the “Tobacco/Emeraude” color combination from the label’s Fall/Winter 2020-2021 collection, which features a camel-brown outer juxtaposed with a bright teal-hued lining and delicate teal piping on the collar, Arab News reported. 

It is reported that many royal fans began searching for the vest online, only to be disappointed by the ultra-exclusive fashion brand’s website as it requires registration and a password to enter.  

 

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