White Kashmir Shawl
This white Kashmir shawl was made in the Kashmir Valley in the 19th century. It is made out of wool. The shawl is natural-wool colored, with a colorful floral border.
Kashmir shawls originated in the Kashmir Valley, where they were woven by innovative textile specialists who figured out how to create incredibly warm, soft, and light cloth from the inner coat of goats living in the Changthang (Himalayan plateaux).
Kashmir production flourished under the Mughal emperors, especially Emperor Akbar and his son Jahangir, whose interest in the natural world combined with the colonial influx of European florilegia and herbals may have influenced shawl designers to include a variety of florals into these once plainly-designed textiles.
Persian and European markets also exerted their influence in the patterns and imagery the shawl designers chose to pursue. This example from the early 19th century has large border end panels whose butas (paisleys) end in a root-like structure, which implicates the botanical drawings this imagery was drawn from.
Circa: Second quarter 19th century
Condition: Some fraying on long edges which are enforced with a ribbon, very good
Dimensions: 118" x 51"
Inventory number: TX4529