Palla is the traditional Kashmiri name for a line length of embroidery that runs across the width of the shawl.
The Palla embroidery came into existence when western taste started to influence the shawl making industry, leading to a preference for less elaborate embroidery. Initially Pallas had paisley embroideries (traditionally called Badam, meaning almond in Urdu, due to its resemblance to the almond shape of the paisleys) which were interlaced with embroidered filling called Aab, meaning water. Even though the paisleys are still a much loved motif, the Palla has also evolved in a contemporary direction.
Modern Pallas can have geometric designs, reimagined paisley full bleed embroideries or standalone Boteh. Boteh stands for the motif of embroidery, of varied sizes comprising of single flowers, paisleys, vases, bouquets or specks.