As promised, here is the central motif on the embroidered shawl from Kashmir (first mentioned in the post Embroidery of Kashmir I). This is a woman’s shawl – you can tell the difference because men’s shawls have no central motif and less embroidery.
The quality and price of the shawls is determined by the complexity and size of the embroidered borders and motifs. Commercial embroidery to sell is generally done by men. Women do more embroidery for the home.
I’ll just finish with a series of detailed photos so you can see the stitching.
This is one of a special series of posts based on the embroidery collection of Dr. Faegheh Shirazi, from The University of Texas at Austin. Her research is on “textiles, dress, gender identity discourse, and material culture in the Middle East; the meanings of veiling; rituals and rites of passage as they relate to material culture.” Over the years she has collected a number of examples of embroidery from around the world, and has very kindly allowed me to photograph them for my blog.