Shawl (detail)

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made in Kashmir, India

Postcard of Shawl (detail).
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Shawl (detail)

This detail shows one corner of a goat's fleece shawl made in Kashmir in north-western India between around 1850 and 1860.

The shawl is embroidered with coloured silks in stem and straight stitches. The border pattern includes palmettes and arcaded panels.

Kashmir shawls are woven partly or wholly from goat hair called 'pashm'. According to tradition, the industry was founded by Zayn-ul-Abidin, a fifteenth century ruler of Kashmir. In the nineteenth century, Kashmir shawls became very fashionable in Europe. Mechanised shawl industries were established in France and Great Britain which led to collapse of the Kashmir industry by about 1870.

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Online ID: 000-180-000-053-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1969.603
Date: Between around 1850 and 1860
c. 1850 - 1860
Material: Goat's fleece embroidered in coloured silks
Dimensions: 2263 mm x 1505 mm
What: ICOM Number: 2.1
Subject: Textiles
Where: India, Kashmir
Description: Cream goat's fleece shawl embroidered with coloured silks in different stitches and showing palmette and arcaded panel borders: Kashmir, about 1850 - 1860
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