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Shawl Border (France), early 19th century

This is a Shawl border. It is dated early 19th century and we acquired it in 1941. Its medium is silk and its technique is twill weave with discontinuous supplementary weft patterning (brocade). It is a part of the Textiles department.

The boteh, or paisley motif, is derived from Persian, Indian, and European sources, and developed its current form during the Kashmir shawl craze of the late 18th and 19th centuries. Its English name refers to Paisley, Scotland, a major production center for imitation Kashmir shawls.

This object was featured in our Object of the Day series in a post titled Passion for Exotic Fashion.

This object was donated by Anonymous. It is credited Gift of Anonymous Donor.

Our curators have highlighted 3 objects that are related to this one.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 80.6 x 120.7 cm (31 3/4 x 47 1/2 in.)

Cite this object as

Shawl Border (France), early 19th century; silk; H x W: 80.6 x 120.7 cm (31 3/4 x 47 1/2 in.); Gift of Anonymous Donor; 1941-67-2

In addition to Paisley, this object was previously on display as part of the exhibition Passion for the Exotic: Lockwood de Forest, Frederic Church.

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