Superb Antique Canton Chinese Shawl
Heavily and finely hand embroidered silk on silk
The embroidery is double-sided and in a casual glance it is hard to tell which is the correct side.
How was this double sided embroidery done? No knots in the embroidery? How does the thread stay in place if there is no knot? These complexities make the craft within the textile as powerful as the cultural story contained within it.
The base color is a rich warm dark-beige that sets of the red very very elegantly!
The photos do not do justice to the piece.
Also known as Piano Shawl, Fringed Flapper Shawl & Flamenco Shawl.
The lives of Manila Mantons covered 3 regions: China, Philippines & Spain. Produced in Canton, they were named after the trading port Manila and finally used and coveted by women in Spain (and later other Spanish colonies) a few centuries ago.
Silk 64" x 64" with 24" Macrame