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Shawl (India for European market)

This is a Shawl. It is dated mid-19th century and we acquired it in 1980. Its medium is wool and its technique is twill tapestry, embroidery. It is a part of the Textiles department.

A pattern of multicolor bands at the ends of a shawl was originally the result of a striped warp. The so-called harlequin border became so popular that manufacturers began adding them regardless of the shawl’s design.

This object was donated by Mrs. John Rolph. It is credited Bequest of Dorothy Franklin Rolph.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 198.1 x 203.2 cm (6 ft. 6 in. x 6 ft. 8 in.)

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Shawl (India for European market); wool; H x W: 198.1 x 203.2 cm (6 ft. 6 in. x 6 ft. 8 in.); Bequest of Dorothy Franklin Rolph; 1980-38-1

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

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