Square Size Antique Indian Shawl, Country of Origin: India, Circa Date: Late 19th century – In the late 19th century, Indian shawls became a favorite wardrobe item for women around the world, especially in the British Isles. Their complex paisley patterns added grace to long flowing dresses and elaborate headwear. Indian shawls from this period were a part of Jane Austen’s world and evoke a romantic feel that we often associate with the Georgian Era. This gorgeous Indian shawl will complement your textile collection, or make the perfect addition to your modern wardrobe for a special occasion.
The world fell in love with the rich colors and graceful paisley patterns of Indian shawls. At one time, the demand for imports from India became so high that makers in Scotland and Britain began creating cheaper imitations. Eventually, sales of these imitations outpaced exports. The demand for exported Indian shawls remained high, and authentic ones brought a high price.
One of the differences between authentic Indian shawls and imitations was the colors. Indian shawls often used brighter, higher contrast colors. The imitation shawls were often more subdued, and the patterns were not as complex. Authentic shawls were family treasures that were often handed down from mother to daughter. They were given as diplomatic gifts. Soldiers and merchants would often present them as special gifts to family and friends when they returned from the East Indies.
Indian shawls were a status symbol, and they added a layer of warmth to the gauzy Georgian gowns. You can see these shawls draping gracefully in Georgian paintings. They were handled with care, and this one comes to us as a lasting legacy of the skill and care that went into creating them. This piece is a rare find, and it has a long history in the world of fashion and society. For those who love the Georgian Era, this piece is an essential. It is an exquisite piece with an important history in every thread. If you have any questions about it, feel free to contact one of our professionals.