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Shawl Fragment (India)

This is a Shawl fragment. It is dated ca. 1800 and we acquired it in 1958. Its medium is cashmere wool and its technique is single faced 2/2 twill tapestry weave. It is a part of the Textiles department.

One of the most important transitional shapes in paisley history is known as the Qajar boteh, in which the flowering bulbous base culminates in a curvilinear, hooked tip. The first appearance of this shape was around the mid-18th century, and foreshadowed the elongated shapes to come.

This object was donated by Lea S. Luquer. It is credited Gift of Lea S. Luquer.

Its dimensions are

Warp x Weft: 33.5 x 26 cm (13 3/16 x 10 1/4 in.)

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Shawl Fragment (India); cashmere wool; Warp x Weft: 33.5 x 26 cm (13 3/16 x 10 1/4 in.); Gift of Lea S. Luquer; 1958-148-5-b

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Paisley.

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