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Shawl Border (Pallu)

A work made of wool, double interlocking 2:2 's' twill tapestry weave; main warp fringe.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of wool, double interlocking 2:2 's' twill tapestry weave; main warp fringe.

Date:

c. 1820

Artist:

India, Kashmir

About this artwork

The earliest Kashmir shawls introduced to Europe were made of white cashmere wool with decorated ends containing rows of stylized floral buta motifs. The pattern became known as paisley in English, after the town in Scotland that was a center of shawl weaving. The fine wool of a shawl’s central area was always the most fragile component, and this long shawl has been mended with two nearly invisible seams across the central white field. Europeans valued Kashmir shawls so highly that even fragments of the decorative borders were preserved, collected, and treasured.

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Title

Shawl Border (Pallu)

Origin

Kashmir

Date

Made 1810–1830

Medium

Wool, double interlocking 2:2 'S' twill tapestry weave; main warp fringe

Dimensions

49.3 x 129.1 cm (19 3/8 x 50 3/4 in.) Weft repeat: 65 cm (25 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection

Reference Number

1937.1231c

Extended information about this artwork

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