70+ year old embroidered shawl
I would like to identify an embroidered shawl, said to be a Spanish Mantillia, that is at least 70 years old and was given to my Mother by an old aunt and recently discovered while clearing an attic in England.
My Mother, now 96, remembers it well.
The shawl is of a pink and presumably natural material and is heavily fringed - it is in near-mint condition.
I would like to know if the embroidery was done by hand or by machine (and, if that isn't immediately obvious from the photo; how can I tell?) - for me the intriguing thing is that there are four distinct embroidered floral groupings, each one mirrored exactly and beautifully on the reverse side.
I would like to know what the material is (raw silk?) and, could somebody please suggest the best way to wash and iron such an item safely - it is not fragile but the fringes are fine and delicate.