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Shawl (India), 1855–1875

This is a Shawl. It is dated 1855–1875 and we acquired it in 1980. Its medium is wool and its technique is woven and embroidered. It is a part of the Textiles Department department.



While hand-woven shawls were considered higher quality, embroidered shawls, which were quicker and less expensive to produce, fulfilled growing demand. A close look at the patterns of this shawl will reveal the needlework process utilized to mimic the latest woven fashions.

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

Its dimensions are

H x W: 246.4 × 215.3 cm (8 ft. 1 in. × 7 ft. 3/4 in.)

Cite this object as

Shawl (India), 1855–1875; wool; H x W: 246.4 × 215.3 cm (8 ft. 1 in. × 7 ft. 3/4 in.); Bequest of Dorothy Franklin Rolph; 1980-38-5

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

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