UF35 Unusually Fine Wool Challis Paisley Shawl with Black Center
64 x 126 inches
Found in NY, believe to be created in France

During the 19th century women wore shawls not only for fashion but for warmth. These were our 19th century coats. Women would wrap the shawl around and around and drape it nicely. The black center of this paisley shawl is a beautiful 19th century black wool challis, which does not photograph well. (It’s a much richer black than shown in the photo). When you are not using this shawl as a drape on the way to the theater, it could be used as a banquet tablecloth in your dining room.