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  • Place of origin:

    Kashmir (made)

  • Date:

    early 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Woven cashmere

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

A woven shawl, or doshala, with yellow center and floral paisley cones in various colours on a red background.

Place of Origin

Kashmir (made)


early 19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Woven cashmere


Width: 48 in, Length: 101 in

Object history note

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 note

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.

Descriptive line

Woven shawl, Kashmir, 19th Century.






Textiles; Clothing


South & South East Asia Collection

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