Shawl of handspun and handknitted wool

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Made in Shetland

Postcard of Shawl of handspun and handknitted wool.
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Shawl of handspun and handknitted wool

This shawl of handspun and handknitted wool was made in Shetland. It was given to Miss Mary Campbell of Jura on the occasion of her marriage in 1863 and is a copy of the shawl presented that year to Princess Alexandra of Wales by the Shetland Islanders.

Shetland shawl of cream wool

By the 19th century only Shetland was still handknitting regularly on a commercial basis. Two types of knitting developed: the brightly-patterned Fair Isle, used for jumpers, gloves and stockings, and the lace knitting used mainly for shawls.

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Online ID: 000-100-002-023-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.TRB 4
Date: 1863
Material: Wool, cream knitted
Dimensions: 2400 mm x 1230 mm
What: ICOM Number: F 2.1
Shawl, knitted
Subject: Costume - women's Edinburgh shawls (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, Shetland
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