Kashmir Moon Shawl: C19th, Kashmir India
From the second half of the 19th century, a Kashmir moon shawl which came form the collection of the late Tessa Hughes who was an renowned collector of antique textiles.
Handwoven in Kashmir (Northern India) using complicated and traditional hand weaving technique which were passed down through the generations, this shawl was probably made for the European market.
Following the Great Exhibition of 1851 which was held at Crystal Palace, Kashmir shawls became de riguer with fashionable woman, a craze which spread throughout the whole of Europe.
This skilfully woven shawl incorporates, greens, reds, mustard yellows and off white within a charcoal/peat brown ground.
There is a scattering of small holes which can easily be repaired.
Measurements: 167cm X 170cm