Saffron yellow pashmina wool, woven with borders (palla) composed of blue floral mosaic boteh reserved in yellow, with white ground side borders (hashiyas), embroidered merchant’s mark in red silk near one edge
123 x 51in. (312.5 x 130cm.)

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While the square shawl (rumal) was worn most commonly by women, the long shawl (dochalla), characterised by its rectangular shape, was particularly favoured by men and was worn draped over the shoulder or around the body for warmth. The decorative repertoire for such shawls gradually expanded during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries from elegant, minimally embellished shawls with intricate boteh adorning the borders, like the present shawl, to expressive and expansive designs decorating all but the central field (Frank Ames, “Woven Legends: Carpets and Shawls of Kashmir,” in Pratapaditya Pal, The Arts of Kashmir, Milan, 2007, pp. 193-209, p.198).
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