|Description: .1) A dark beige wool shawl with decorative hand-embroidered border in brown wool thread. The corners of the shawl are embroidered in a closely stitched paisley type pattern measuring 18 cm deep and 35 cm along each side. In the angle of the wide border is a paisley motif 26.5 cm x 11 cm. A narrower embroidered border along the length and width of the shawl is worked in a more open pattern of flowers, stems and leaves. There is a plain 1.5 cm border between the embroidery and the fringed edge 5 cm wide. The wool fabric of the shawl is woven in twill weave and is so fine that it resembles modern machine woven fabrics and not something 300 years old. The pattern is embroidered with the right side of the pattern on half the shawl and the other half has the reverse of the embroidery on the other side, so that when folded both right sides show. .2) A card 27.8 cm x 23.6 cm with a photo of ladies choral group in black and white with the title in large black letters: "Morningside College, Madrigal Club." The reverse has a history of the shawl - not substantiated by evidence. Above the photo and title is handwritten in ink: "imperson." |
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. _Http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shawl_
A card accompanying the shawl infers the shawl is 300 years old but the quality of fabric and stitching seems to indicate perhaps a later year - early 1900s.