KCIDigital Archives

The KCI Digital Archives on the KCI website presents image and text information for the objects in the collection, arranged in chronological order.

Cashmere Shawl

© The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Taishi Hirokawa

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Cashmere Shawl

1810-1820s - India

Red cashmere twill, rectangular shape.
136cm / 309cm
Inventory Number(s)
AC2212 1979-9-17

The cashmere shawl was imported into Western Europe at the end of the eighteenth century. It comes from the Kashmere region in the northwest of India, where the short soft hairs of the mountain goat were hand-spun into cashmere yarn and woven into woolen cloth. Intricate patterns comprised of exotic motifs in polychrome on a red base, and a soft texture of cashmere enchanted ladies even its high price. The cashmere shawl became a popular item since the beginning of the nineteenth century for its rarity and exoticism, as well as for its practicality.