Costume and Textiles
Long white shawl with attached borders ornamented with two rows of floral bouquets tied with bowed ribbons; top and bottom guard borders also ornamented with bows.Probably made in Kashmir, India, Asia
Late 18th to early 19th century
Artist/maker unknown, India
Goat fleece, silk; 2/2 double-interlocked twill tapestry
Currently not on view
1929-175-3Gift of the children of Mrs. Charles Custis Harrison, 1929
LabelThe unusual motif of floral bouquets tied together with bow knots reflects early European design influence on Indian shawls. It is possible that the Indian weaver misunderstood the bow knot motif, or simply chose to reinterpret it, for instead of using one color it has a blue bow, yellow knot, and red streamers. According to family tradition, this shawl is identical to one owned by Martha Washington.