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Shawl (India), 19th century

This is a Shawl. It is dated 19th century and we acquired it in 1967. Its medium is wool and its technique is embroidered and pieced. It is a part of the Textiles Department department.



By the late 19th century, demand for shawls was so high that French agents began bringing the latest fashion styles and trends to India for new design ideas. Influences of late-19th-century French art nouveau can be seen in the elongated form and whiplash curves of the paisley cones and surrounding patterns.

This object was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Gustave Gilbert. It is credited Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Gustave Gilbert.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 177.8 × 168.9 cm (5 ft. 10 in. × 5 ft. 6 1/2 in.)

Cite this object as

Shawl (India), 19th century; wool; H x W: 177.8 × 168.9 cm (5 ft. 10 in. × 5 ft. 6 1/2 in.); Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Gustave Gilbert; 1967-85-26

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

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