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Traditional Welsh Nursing Shawl In Fawn and Cream 11881

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£ 195.00

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Beautiful traditional  Welsh Nursing Shawl.

Very rare do we see an antique nursing shawl in such fine condition. (  just several tiny well executed darns )

Fine ply Welsh wool - subtle colours with fine crossover stripes , ample fringe all round .

Customarily used to carry baby throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth century ( and before ) by both men and women.

 The big shawl has been in demand for centuries in the steep sided valleys of Wales, as a very practical way of carrying a baby, keeping mother warm and leaving both hands free. Perambulators are not a practical proposition in such hilly areas and the siol magi has for centuries provided a solution to many of the problems of valley mothers (taken from The Textiles of Wales by Ann Sutton)

Specifications

C1900-20
West Wales
193 x 178 cm + 21 cm fringe
76 x 70 inches + 8 inch fringe
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