Artwork Details

  • 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
Kashmiri Shawl Image


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.


Kashmiri Shawl, 2011

Aisha Khalid
Kashmiri Shawl, 2011
Installation, pashmina scarf and gold plated steel pins
254 x 130 cm
Installation view
Sharjah Art Foundation
Photo by Alfredo Rubio


Kashmiri Shawl

Khalid, Aisha

Aisha Khalid's video and multi-media work combines multiple temporal, spatial, cultural, political and aesthetic references.