Part of a set of two along with (ZI2021.5000952.2 EUROPE).
This rectangular silk (shawl) dating back to the first quarter of the 19th century was originally a part of the Dr Joan Coleman Collection. It was part of a duo of shawls along with (ZI2021.5000952.2 EUROPE). Zay Initiative managed to acquire it from Kerry Taylor Auctions in 2021.
Dr Joan Coleman began collecting shawls in 1976 and developed her lifelong passion for collecting. She was a regular at the London salesrooms of Christie’s, Sotheby’s, and Phillips – three of the most outstanding auction houses of the period in the world – getting to know the dealers and learning in the process. She acquired vast knowledge and dedicated hours carefully cataloguing her ever-growing collection. She intended to loan her collection to different museums and institutions for the benefit of learning and education. Her collection is one of the largest and the finest private shawl collections to have ever graced the world with shawls ranging from Kashmir, Paisley, Edinburgh, Norwich, France, and Iran.
This is a rectangular black shawl in silk and wool possibly from Paisley c. 1825-1835. With a primary black base in silk, it is embellished with colourful woollen weave.
The body of the shawl is sprinkled with a floral sprig motif that has a scarlet red bloom in the centre with scarlet, beige, and brown pistils emerging from it with ivory highlights. The base of each flower has stems and foliage in green. There are fourteen rows of the motif with sixteen repeats per row. Each row is alternately oriented where if one row faces right then the next faces left, thus creating a zigzag pattern on the entire body.
The borders are composed of panels in scarlet, (Indigo) blue, and beige with each panel flaunting either a (Paisley)/(Buta) or a stylized floral pattern with brown and ivory highlights. These panels are encased between two lines composed of floral arrangements around a central wavy vine.
The borders that were separately woven and hand stitched to the main body of the shawl prove its (Draw_loom) origin. A strip of similar black silk is attached all around the edges with hanging loose threads forming fringes that enhance its beauty.
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