Shawl Fragment (India)
This is a Shawl fragment. It is dated early 19th century and we acquired it in 1980. Its medium is wool and its technique is twill tapestry weave, embroidered. It is a part of the Textiles department.
Over time, the boteh motif lost its base or mound and became the more abstracted, stylized shape we recognize as paisley today. No longer a realistic depiction of nature, it became a space for displaying color, form, pattern, and the weaver’s skill.
This object was
Mrs. John Rolph.
It is credited
Bequest of Dorothy Franklin Rolph.
Its dimensions are
H x W (A): 40.6 × 39.1 cm (16 in. × 15 3/8 in.) H x W (B): 16.5 × 15.2 cm (6 1/2 in. × 6 in.)
Cite this object as
Shawl Fragment (India); wool; H x W (A): 40.6 × 39.1 cm (16 in. × 15 3/8 in.) H x W (B): 16.5 × 15.2 cm (6 1/2 in. × 6 in.); Bequest of Dorothy Franklin Rolph; 1980-38-6-a,b
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Paisley.