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Title: Shawl
Identifier: X964.27.1
Donor: Unknown
Item Date: 1900-1940
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: Fine ivory silk shawl with tied ivory silk fringe and a border of ivory silk embroidered flowers.

A shawl is an extremely simple item of clothing, loosely worn over the shoulders, upper body and arms, sometimes also over the head. It is usually a rectangular or square piece of cloth, often folded to make a triangle, but can also be triangular in shape to begin with. Other shapes include oblong shawls. The first shawls were part of traditional male costume in Kashmir. They were woven in extremely fine woollen twill, some were even said to be so fine as to fit through a ring. They could be in one colour only, woven in different colours, ornately woven or embroidered. Indian shawls also known as Kashmir shawls were high-fashion garments in Western Europe in the early- to mid-nineteenth century. Silk shawls with fringes, made in China, were available by the first decade of the nineteenth century. Ones with embroidery and fringes were available in Europe and the Americas by 1820. _
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