Today's profile is the Damier Cashmere shawl, my favorite GM. The Damier was introduced in the AW2008 collection, the Year of India. Although the cashmere/silk mix is identical to the regular GMs, the Damier is lightweight and has a very fine weave, it is almost see through. At the beginning I was anxious that it might be more fragile than the regular GMs, but it has proved to be an absolute star, no pulls, snags or piling. I was hoping that this type of shawl would have been offered again as part of the AW2009 collection, but sadly it has not. It makes me cherish the one I have got even more. It will also always remind me of a fun and wonderful afternoon, spend in fabulous company (they turned out to be ace enablers too)
Apart from the wonderful texture, I love the soft pastel colors of the paisley pattern and the contrast of the stronger colors that form the border, they remind me of spice markets in India. The Hermes gift ribbon (bolduc) divides the border from the pain part of the shawl, providing a perfect frame and wonderful structure.
Cashmere GM (Grand Model) 140 x 140cm
65% cashmere, 35%silk