Bruce Museum Highlights Its Collection of Kashmir Shawls in Exhibition

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GREENWICH, CT.- The Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut, recently unwrapped a new exhibition this winter that highlights its collection of beautifully woven cashmere shawls. On view through February 28, 2011, Kashmir Shawls from the Bruce Museum Collection features a display of ten outstanding shawls selected from the Museum’s international textile collection. Most date from the early to mid-19th century and several were given to the Bruce Museum by Greenwich families that passed them down from one generation to the next. Some of the shawls were produced in Kashmir, India, and the others came from European manufacturers. The word “cashmere” derives from an 18th-century English spelling of Kashmir, which is the politically tumultuous, northwestern region of the Indian subcontinent. Predominantly Muslim, Kashmir is also home to a significant Hindu population. The region is known for its production of finel