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Jacquard-loomed with a subtle intermingling of paisleys, florals and arabesques, this elegant and gently warming shawl will delight you with its incredible lightness of being. A versatile accessory—for the holidays and the year round—this chic Arabesque Pashmina can be gracefully draped, wrapped or knotted to create as many as 8 different looks for day into night. Cashmere, silk. Imported. 76"l. x 29"w. including delicate fringe.
The paisley motif, or Kashmiri buta, dates to the 15th century CE, when Sultan Zein-al-Aabedin is believed to have brought this decorative design from Iran to India. Now a favored print and woven design throughout the world, our National Museum of American History’s vast costume collections include many garments with paisley motifs.
Every Smithsonian purchase will arrive with a museum provenance card explaining how it is adapted from or inspired by an object or objects in our collection.
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