Early Masterpiece Shawls of Kashmir

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Length: 42 inches
Width: 9 inches
Warp: 192 per inch
Weft: 192 per inch
Collection: on loan to Weaving Art Museum
Condition: fragment


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There were many beautiful shawls made in the last two and a half decades of the 18th century and most, in common with the earlier Classic Period examples, have impressive raw materials, dyes and designs. However hardly any were able to achieve the crystal clear designs and colors or the realistic and magical draftsmanship of their predecessors. Occasionally a rare example somehow managed to retain these qualities and Plates Ten and Eleven are two of these. They are masterpiece art-works in all respects.

Unlike the historically important but not so visually impressive post-Classic Period fragmented examples, like the previous Plate, these shawls are physically impressive and visually seductive. Each one could be the poster shawl for the two different styles that emerged near the end of this time-period circa 1790. This Plate embodies a look back into the past and the next a look forward to the future.