Woven by Historic Thistle Hill Weavers, near Sharon Springs
The same weavers who wove the shawl for the academy award-winning movie, "Lincoln."
In the 19th century, it was commonplace for men to wear what we would now call a “shawl”. These large wool garments formed an important part of outerwear for carriage riding, sitting in drafty rooms, and general warmth. Historically made of a double width of woven fabric with a series of stripes, these shawls were often woven in the British Isles and available for sale through America.
Abraham Lincoln wore his shawl indoors and out. His shawl survives in the Smithsonian Institution, along with some of his other personal items. The Beekman 1802 Lincoln Shawl is based on the stripe pattern of the original but modified by having fewer stripes, and a size that works for modern men & women. We used a satin weave for the stripes just as in the original shawl. The two colors twisted together in the middle stripe, was a favorite technique of Scottish weavers. The body is woven in the same complex twill weave as the original shawl. Material is wool.