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.
Currently Off View
- Long Shawl
- Made 1815–1825
- Wool; center, twill; ends and border, double interlocking twill tapestry weave; main warp fringe
- 298.5 x 135.3 cm (117 1/2 x 53 1/4 in.)
- Gift of Mrs. John Alden Carpenter