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“Designed for eternity”: Kashmiri Shawls, Empire, and Cultures of Production and Consumption in Mid-Victorian Britain

by Chitralekha Zutshi

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The article focuses on the rarely examined interconnection between the fashion for Kashmiri shawls in Victorian Britain and the rather intense preoccupation in popular narratives from this period with their place of origin, the raw material of which they were manufactured, the processes involved in their production, and the people who produced them. This preoccupation linked the production, circulation, and consumption of Kashmiri shawls to the gradual absorption of empire, variously defined, into the everyday lives and practices of Victorian Britons.

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