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Shawl

Long white shawl with attached borders ornamented with two rows of floral bouquets tied with bowed ribbons; top and bottom guard borders also ornamented with bows.

Artist/maker unknown, Indian

Geography:
Probably made in Kashmir, India, Asia

Date:
Late 18th - early 19th century

Medium:
Goat fleece, silk; 2/2 double-interlocked twill tapestry

Dimensions:
8 feet 11 inches × 49 5/8 inches (271.8 × 126 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1929-175-3

Credit Line:
Gift of the children of Mrs. Charles Custis Harrison, 1929

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Label:
The unusual motif of floral bouquets tied together with bow knots reflects early European design influence on Indian shawls. It is possible that the Indian weaver misunderstood the bow knot motif, or simply chose to reinterpret it, for instead of using one color it has a blue bow, yellow knot, and red streamers. According to family tradition, this shawl is identical to one owned by Martha Washington.

Additional information:
  • PublicationThe Fine Art of Textiles

    This shawl, which was originally owned by Mrs. Robert Morris of Philadelphia, is said to be a duplicate of one owned by Martha Washington. Dilys E. Blum, from The Fine Art of Textiles: The Collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (1997), p. 137.

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