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Woman's Long Shawl

A work made of silk, cotton, and wool, warp-float faced 3:1 's' twill weave with supplementary patterning wefts bound in weft-float faced 1:3 's' twill interlacings; attached side borders of 2:2, 2:2, 1:3, 2:2...'z' composite twill weaves with supplementary patterning wefts bound in weft-float faced 1:3 'z' twill interlacings; main warp fringe; woven on loom with jacquard attachment.
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  • A work made of silk, cotton, and wool, warp-float faced 3:1 's' twill weave with supplementary patterning wefts bound in weft-float faced 1:3 's' twill interlacings; attached side borders of 2:2, 2:2, 1:3, 2:2...'z' composite twill weaves with supplementary patterning wefts bound in weft-float faced 1:3 'z' twill interlacings; main warp fringe; woven on loom with jacquard attachment.

Date:

1820s

Artist:

Probably Norwich, England

About this artwork

These boldly patterned shawls illustrate the broad appeal of the buta, or paisley, pattern. The Jacquard mechanism, a patterning technology introduced in the first decade of the 1800s, enabled European manufacturers to create increasingly complex variations on the paisley motif. Although this technology allowed for faster weaving, European companies never successfully reproduced the delicacy of the hand-woven shawls from Kashmir. British- and French-made shawls tended to be thicker and heavier and the designs were arguably less refined than the original Kashmir garments.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Textiles

Title

Woman's Long Shawl

Places

Europe (Object made in), England (Object Probably made in), Norwich (Object Probably made in)

Date

Made 1820-1829

Medium

Silk, cotton, and wool, warp-float faced 3:1 'S' twill weave with supplementary patterning wefts bound in weft-float faced 1:3 'S' twill interlacings; attached side borders of 2:2, 2:2, 1:3, 2:2...'Z' composite twill weaves with supplementary patterning wefts bound in weft-float faced 1:3 'Z' twill interlacings; main warp fringe; woven on loom with Jacquard attachment

Dimensions

264.2 × 124.2 cm (104 × 48 7/8 in.); Center repeat: 12.7 × 14.5 cm (5 × 5 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Purchased with funds provided by Mrs. Julian Armstrong, Jr.; Textile Purchase Fund

Reference Number

1977.186

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