|Type:||For Personal Adornment|
|Place Made:||Asia: South Asia, India, Northern India, Kashmir|
|Period:||Early 19th century|
|Dimensions:||L 264 cm x W 75 cm|
|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.