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Long Shawl

A work made of wool; center, twill; ends and border, double interlocking twill tapestry weave; main warp fringe.
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  • A work made of wool; center, twill; ends and border, double interlocking twill tapestry weave; main warp fringe.

Date:

1815-25

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

Long Shawl

Origin

Kashmir

Date

Made 1815–1825

Medium

Wool; center, twill; ends and border, double interlocking twill tapestry weave; main warp fringe

Dimensions

298.5 x 135.3 cm (117 1/2 x 53 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. John Alden Carpenter

Reference Number

1946.455

Extended information about this artwork

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