The Legendary Map Shawl of Kashmir
This has to be one of the most the amazing piece of Art on Fabric ever created. The master piece of Kashmiri kani work on a Pashmina Shawl.
The amazing and exquisite Map Shawl of Srinagar. This Shawl took 30 years in the making. There are 3 or 4 such specimens in the world. And these were made in the late 1800’s.
One was reportedly presented to Queen Victoria by Maharaja Ranbir Singh and is presently at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. One more is with a Museum in Australia. One is with a private collector and this piece is at the Shri Pratap Singh Museum in Srinagar though it’s not on display as it needs some refurbishing after the Floods.
These are the photos of the specimen at the Victoria and Albert Museum and all the pics are from their. This was presented to them by Mrs.Estelle Fuller in 1970 and this specimen as per the Museum was made in 1870.
Have spilt up the Shawl in Grids for better and in depth views of intricate Work done on these Shawls. The attention to details are just mind blowing.
1. Safa Kadal Bridge on the Right Top corner.
2. The Shergarhi Palace,built by the Afghans, which was the residence of the Rulers of Jammu and Kashmir until 1920.
3. The Bulbul Shah Mosque between Ali Kadal and Naw Kadal
4. Shankaracharya Temple on the extreme top right.
5. The Harwan Area.
6. The Nishat Garden
7. The Parade Ground next to the Shergarhi Palace
8. The Main City Neighbourhoods
13. The Dal Lake in front of the Nishat Bagh
14. Shikaras on the Dal Lake in front of the Shalimar Bagh. The figure riding in the Boat with a halo around his head is supposedly Maharajah Ranbir Singh.
15. The Hari Parbat Fort area.
16. The backwaters of the Nigeen Lake and the Dal Lake
17. The Jama Masjid.
18. The Shalimar Garden
19. Bagh e Dilawar Khan
21. The Shanakaracharya Temple at the top right
23. The Shah Hamadan Mosque, the Patthar Masjid and the Budshah Tomb.
24. The Shergarhi Palace and the Parade Grounds.