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Shawl Border (France)

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 Week series in a post titled Passion for Exotic Fashion.

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

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Its dimensions are

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

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Shawl Border (France); 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

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibitions Paisley and Passion for the Exotic: Lockwood de Forest, Frederic Church.

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