This tunic is made from a piano shawl from the 1920s-1940s. The term "piano shawl" originally described decorative piano coverings from the Victorian era but migrated by the 1930s to mean embroidered, fringed women's shawls. These newer shawls were influenced both by Spanish and Chinese fashions and motifs.
This shawl features cream-colored floral patterns embroidered onto a scarlet silk ground and is trimmed with long, knotted fringe. Hand-mending throughout.