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Vintage Indian Woven Gold Silk Shawl w Foliate Pattern 1930s Formal Sari Scarf


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This is an exceptional quality Indian silk shawl, beautifully woven overall in gold metallic thread with red and green silk accents against a black silk background.  The piece is decorated throughout with a foliate pattern, mostly leaves with some paisley shapes around the order.  This came in a lot of 1920s/30s textiles, so I believe that it is an older piece.  It is not easy to date as they are still making lovely textiles in India, but this does appear to be a cut above what you might now see.   It is made in a long rectangular shape, more like a stole or large scarf with tasseled knotted fringe at either side.  I think that this might be referred to as a “mundanai/mundhanai”, but I’m not an expert on Indian attire.  Due to the ornate nature of the piece and the amount of gold thread used, this would have been a fairly expensive piece and reserved for special occasions.

Sizing: The shawl measures 22 1/4” by 71”, exclusive of its fringe. 

Condition:  It is in excellent condition with no wear, tear, staining or odour.   This shawl has been very well stored over the years.   

This is a gorgeous piece - extremely rich looking with all of the intricate gold weaving!