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The Management of Colour: The Kashmir Shawl in a Nineteenth-Century Debate

David Brett

Source: Classic and Modern Writings on Fashion 2nd Edition 2009

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Writing about colour has always been difficult because colour is notoriously resistant to language. The inter-translatability of colour names and terms between languages is remarkably diffuse, which is a sure sign of their odd logical status. Even where we might expect coherent theory, in the art of painting, discourse on colour was generally defined (negatively) as against disegno, drawing as form and composition. This was true until the mid-nineteenth century, and remains influential. There is

Consuming Kashmir: Shawls and Empires, 1500–2000

Michelle Maskiell

Source: Classic and Modern Writings on Fashion 2nd Edition 2009

Book chapter

Kashmiri shawls and shawl cloth were well-known exports within Asia and moved through established trade networks linking international areas of demand long before the shawls became European commodities. From the sixteenth through the eighteenth century, Kashmiri artisans wove cloth from Central Asian goat fleece, silk, and other materials. Dealers brought unprocessed goat hair to Kashmir from the city of Leh in Ladakh (see Map 1), the long-established entrêpot between Kashmir and Central Asia.Lad

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