Origin: Poland | Wielkopolska | Biskupizna region | Domachowo village
Era: Early 20th century (circa 1910-1930)
Condition: good; areas of wear; couple small spots; damage to fringe; suitable for both wear and display
Measurements: approximately 39″ square + 9″ fringe
Additional Notes: Such shawls were worn in several regions in western Poland after the turn of the 19th century and were likely made in Germany or France. Called “Turkish shawls”, they imitated much earlier Indian and Persian shawls through their use of interlaced paisley boteh designs woven in a wide range of colors. They were especially popular in the Biskupizna region near Poznan, where they were worn in a variety of ways by both married and unmarried women. This yellow and green example was collected in the village of Domachowo, but as these were manufactured and imported, identical shawls can be seen in the folk dress of all the neighboring villages including Posadowo, shown in the reference image above from 1951.
Suitable for wear
Early 20th Century (circa 1910-1930)