A Kashmiri shawl merchant
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|This concerns a conversation with a traditional shawl merchant about buying Kashmiri shawls. There is also a brief discussion of raphal shawls, pashmina shawls, k'amkha:b shawls, shahtoos, and ring shawls.|
Shawl merchant: Greetings, sir. What are you looking for?
Ashok: I am looking for a Kashmiri shawl and a Kashmiri saree.
Shawl merchant: (Please) have a seat. I shall arrange for all the samples to be brought out.
Ashok: What types of shawls do you have?
Shawl merchant: We have shawls of raphal and of pashmina.
Ashok: But pashmina must be very expensive?
Shawl merchant: Yes, pashmina is more expensive than raphal.
Ashok: Is there anything even better than pashmina?
Shawl merchant: Yes, the k'amkha:b, shahtoos, and ring shawls are more expensive than pashmina.
Ashok: These must be very expensive?
Shawl merchant: Yes, these are more expensive than pashmina.
Ashok: What is this shawl made of?
Shawl merchant: This shawl is made of pashmina.
Ashok: This shawl has very fine embroidery on it, but the color is not good. Do you have a red or a white shawl?
Shawl merchant: Do you like that red shawl over there?
Ashok: I like its color, but the work on it is not good.
Shawl merchant: All right, we will show you another shawl, but its price is a little higher.
Ashok: If the shawl is good, the price does not matter.
Shawl merchant: See what embroidery and what color it has!
Ashok: Yes, this has good embroidery and good color, too. What is the length of this (piece)?
Shawl merchant: This is four yards long.
Ashok: What is its width?
Shawl merchant: Two yards.
Ashok: Is this pashmina or raphal?
Shawl merchant: This is very fine pashmina.
Ashok: How much does this shawl cost?
Shawl merchant: This shawl costs three hundred rupees.
Ashok: All right, I will buy it.
Shawl merchant: Would you like to buy something else?
Ashok: No, not today.
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