Description of item for Sale
Here is a great example of an antique handmade wool Paisley / Cashmere shawl from the mid 1800's. It approximately 72 inches by 72 inches. This is truly amazing hand made shawl. It is made of hundreds (thousands?) of small tapestry weave fabric pieces and embroidered fabric pieces all hand sewn together and then detailed with additional embroidery. There is a signature in the center black area. Not sure if this is for the maker or the workshop where the shawl was made. Note the dark bands seen on the first photo are shadows.
Strange as it may seem the piecework method was a means of speeding up manufacture of shawls. A master weaver with a hand loom could take 2 or more years to produce a fine shawl. With this method lesser skilled weavers and boys could weave small pieces on simple hand looms, cut them apart and have them sewn into a shawl by a shawl tailor or Rafugar. By employing large numbers of lesser skilled workers it was possible to make a shawl in just 1-2 months.
Condition of item for Sale
The shawl had no stains, repairs, foxing or repairs. There are some moth holes in the fabric and some of the seams where the pieces were sewn together have come unsewn. (see pictures).
The item may have wear and flaws seen in used items. I try to describe significant flaws in my text and show them in picture. Read the text and examine the pictures to be sure you understand the condition. If you have questions please email me.