Notes on Culture & Antique Art, Ethnic Decor & Vintage Fashion | Wovensouls Art Gallery
A MOON SHAWL (CHANDAR)
Amazing off-white pashmina wool, composed of four sections joined together, woven
with blue teal leaf boteh, the moons outlined with red tipped flowers, the central
The moon shawl (chandar) first appeared in Kashmir in 1680 and is
characterised by its spacious, square field, central moon-like medallion,
with further quarter medallions in each corner.
With simple weaving but unusual configuration. The shawl has been
quartered and sewn up. The lateral borders are later.
Lined with later wool backing. With old darns and stains. Velcro mounts on the reverse for a stretcher.
57⅞ x 46½in. (147 x 118cm.)
Acquired from Christie’s
Moon Shawls are not commonly available.
This item has spent a lifetime being used for the purpose of its creation with the original artist/user. Signs of this life lived heartily may be present on the piece in the form of stains, thread loss, loose threads, holes, tears, color run and other imperfections. Therefore the condition must be assumed to be “not” perfect. More photos of such imperfections will be provided on request.