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Shawl

early 19th century (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

A yellow woven shawl, or doshala, with floral paisley border with the ends ornamented with two rows of floral cones, divided by narrow bands of floral ornament.


object details
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Materials and Techniques
Woven cashmere
Brief Description
Yellow woven Shawl, Kashmir, 19th Century.
Physical Description
A yellow woven shawl, or doshala, with floral paisley border with the ends ornamented with two rows of floral cones, divided by narrow bands of floral ornament.
Dimensions
  • Width: 55in
  • Length: 125in
Fragment of a shawl
Object history
Shawls were woven entirely by hand. Each colour of yarn was wound on a small bobbin and manipulated backwards and forwards through the fixed warp (lengthwise) threads to create the design. Where the different colour areas met, the two yarns were interlocked, producing a characteristic ridge on the back of the fabric. The process of weaving a large shawl, often with a highly complex design, was slow, specialised, laborious work, taking anything from eighteen months to three years to complete.
Historical context
Though shawls are worn and used as a warm protective garment all over north India today, Kashmir has become synonymous with shawls all over the world. The shawl became a popular fashion item in the nineteenth century with its migration from the foothills of the Himalayas to the salons of early nineteenth-century Europe.
Collection
Accession Number
IS.2058B-1883

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record createdMarch 20, 2003
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