International Textile Collection

Kashmir Shawl Collection


Kashmir shawl motif

The Kashmir Shawl Collection originated during a period around 1919-1923 with a donation of shawls by Sir Michael Sadler (1861-1943), a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds and great advocate of the arts.

The collection consists of several complete shawls including three shawls from the Afghan period and ten from the Sikh period, as well as many shawl samples. Sir Michael spent the years 1917 to 1919 as Chairman of the Calcutta University Commission, and acquired a small quantity of fine Kashmiri shawls, and shawl fragments (several later mounted).  The International Textile Collection is also fortunate to possess a number of other fine examples of Kashmiri and European ‘Paisley’ shawls.

Panel text from the 2011 exhibition ‘Sadler and the Shawls’ available to view.



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