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Vintage 1920s

Rare & Unusual Large Chinese Silk Embroidered Shawl c. 1920

Rare & Unusual Large Chinese Silk Embroidered Shawl c. 1920

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As a favorite accessory among daring flapper girls, Chinese export silk shawls made their presence in the West during the 1920s. Made of vibrant polychrome floral embroidery, this rare silk shawl can be enjoyed as a true work of art. French knots (also known as the "Forbidden Stitch"), polychrome embroidery, and various hand stitches create this stunning floral design which is accented by 26 inches of hand-knotted silk fringe. Click to zoom in on the photos to see the stitches that create this stunning textile.

Almost entirely covered with hand-embroidery, the design is set on black silk featuring four large roses, one at each corner of the shawl. The rest of the shawl is covered in connecting florals and vines, in purple, turquoise, yellow, orange, red and fuchsia. The style, size, and vibrancy in color of embroidery is unusual for a shawl of this age- ones this large are extremely rare to find.

Measurements: 62" x 64"with 26-inches of knotted silk fringe

Condition: Excellent vintage condition. Some very small stains hidden in embroidery, few loose threads. No holes or discolorations. Very strong, wearable and overall in excellent condition for the item's age. 

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