- Artist Aisha Khalid
- Title Kashmiri Shawl
- Date 2011
- Medium Installation, pashmina scarf and gold plated steel pins
- Dimensions 254 x 130 cm
- Credit Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation
Through Aisha Khalid’s labour-intensive process of inserting pins through a layer of two shawls, Kashmiri Shawl inspires contradictory responses. On one side, the heavily worked paisley and floral design offers a scene of luxurious detail. The backside tells a different story – staggered and unbound by the pin’s head, sharp tips protrude from the red wool to reveal a hazardous surface. The work draws attention to what Khalid views as a disparity between the global consumption of shawls from this region and the lack of attention placed on its geopolitical realities.