Woven Hanging

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 464

Kashmir was famous for its beautiful shawls made of pashmina, a fine goat's wool, woven in the distinctive double interlocking tapestry weave style. Hangings, cushion covers and some articles of clothing were made in this technique, in which the piece is woven with bobbins or spools, with the weft colors inserted as required by the pattern, interlocking where two adjoining colors meet. Floral motifs are the most common decoration on the Kashmiri woven textiles, the most distinctive of which are the boteh, a cone-like design of a flower or shrub with a curving tip, and the flowering vase form, as seen here.

Woven Hanging, Pashmina wool; double interlocking twill tapestry weave

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