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Type: For Personal Adornment
Object Name: Sash
Place Made: Asia: South Asia, India, Northern India, Kashmir
Period: Early 19th century
Date: c 1800
Dimensions: L 264 cm x W 75 cm
Materials: Goat hair
Techniques: Twill tapestry
ID Number: T94.0404
Credit: From the Opekar / Webster Collection

This textile shows how Kashmir shawls looked when they first arrived in Europe at the turn of the 18th century, when soon-to-be-empress Josephine Bonaparte introduced them to France – and thus to all of Europe. Woven from pure goat fleece and decorated with elegant floral borders in twill tapestry, these shawls are extremely soft and easy to drape as a headdress, sash or elegant shoulder cloth.