The Kashmir Shawl: and its Indo-French Influence. Frank Ames.

The Kashmir Shawl: and its Indo-French Influence

Antique Collectors' Club. 8.5 x 11", 3rd edition, 375 pp., 213 color plates, 172 b/w plates, glossary, bibliography, index, cloth, d.j., Woodbridge, 1997. Item #25698
ISBN: 1851492666

This book tells the full story of the Kashmir shawl, how it migrated to Europe in the 1800s and how the key pattern of the boteh evolved. With its beginnings under the Mughal emperors in Kashmir, the industry continued under Afghan rule, with an explosion of new designs during the Sikh period, until it fell into decline under the rule of the Dogra Rajahs.

The author, a textile dealer, stresses the importance of the French connection in the nineteenth century and the cross-fertilization of ideas engendered by the strong demands of a European fashion whose love of the Oriental produced the rival Jacquard shawl. Changing fashions at the end of that century saw the demise of the shawl. The shawls are classified by stylistic period and an illustrated guide is included in the book to show the chronological development of designs. This will help the collector to date his/her shawls more accurately as the boteh changes from a recognizable flower blossom to an abstract symbol.

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