Early Masterpiece Shawls of Kashmir
In all respects this small fragment is truly larger than life and the sole survivor from a period of shawl weaving with no other extant examples. Its discovery in the underlining of Tipu Sultan of Mysore's Rich War Jacket has already been discussed and short of the following few comments not much else can be added.
The enigmatic portrayal of the flowering plant as a bulb
is iconic and adds a unique, surreal aspect to the archaic medieval drawing
style. The large flower blossom with a dart-like root and thick double
stem sets out the archetypal version of the sunflower seen on many other
later shawls. From the oversized exaggerated blossom of Plate Two to the
almost hypnotic central element in the intricate medallion of Plate Fifteen,
this motif shines over all others and has great historic significance.