Introduction to the Exhibition:

Kashmir shawls have long been treasured for their luxurious materials and splendid evocative designs. Their softness, ability to warm the body and brilliant coloration were revered throughout the Near East for centuries...

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Shawl Weaving Today:

In 1981 there was only one shawl weaving atelier left in Kashmir. It was located about 20 miles outside Srinigar, the main city of the Kashmir territory, in a small village called Kanihama...

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The Plates:

This exhibition concentrates exclusively on shawls produced during the earliest periods of their manufacture in Kashmir. All the following Plates, except the first two, date from the Classic period (1650-1750)...

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