Lot 47
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Circa 1920s
Approx. 9ft 6in x 4ft 3in (294.6 x 132 cms)
Pashmina wool

An unusual shawl with an all over pattern of 'badam' or the paisley motif woven in monochrome, it is only a thin line of red that offsets the black and cream colors.The weaving is so intricate that one cannot see the ground of the shawl.
Kanni shawls are woven in a fine twill tapestry. One or two weavers sit on a horizontal loom with 10 cm wooden needles like pieces without eyes, charred and blunted called "Kanni" or (Tojis)
The Pashmina that is used in both the warp as well as weft is from the Changra goat locally known as "lena"that dwells in the high altitudes of Ladakh and Tibet.Yarns of all the colors required are wrapped tightly around the fine long wooden needles or Kannis and then placed in the appropriate position on the warp.The weaver picks up the warp in one hand and then with the other hand brings the kannis backwards and forwards as the pattern requires following his design according to the description on the paper in front of him in traditional writing ( talim).

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  Lot 47 of 70  

27-28 NOVEMBER 2012

Rs 5,00,000 - 6,00,000
$9,435 - 11,325



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