Twelve feet long and five feet wide, this shawl would have been an important accessory for a fashionable woman in the nineteenth century. Describing its design, curator Melinda Watt notes, "There are tulips, roses, carnations, irises, hydrangea, and they form this sort of dense garden that weaves in and out of the paisley shapes."
Combining the traditional Indian paisley with naturalistic European garden flowers, the design of this shawl is imbued with details to create a heightened sense of realism. Zoom in and take a closer look. Can you find the tiny insect that narrator Melinda Watt points out on one of the peonies?
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