Humble shawl-weavers at Cashmere patiently creating wonderful harmonies of line and color - [Srinagar,] India
Photographer: Ricalton, James
Medium: Photographic print
Stereographic photograph of cashmere-weavers at Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir, taken by James Ricalton in c. 1903, from The Underwood Travel Library: Stereoscopic Views of India. This image is described by Ricalton in 'India Through the Stereoscope' (1907), "Our stand-point is at the door of the Srinagar Museum...Before us we have an old-time shawl weaver who by order of the Maharajah has brought his loom to the front of the museum to show to Her Excellency, Lady Curzon his manner of weaving." This is one of a series of 100 photographs, designed to be viewed through a special binocular viewer, producing a 3D effect. The series sold together with a book of descriptions and a map with precise locations to enable the 'traveller' to imagine that he was touring around India. Stereoscopic cameras, those with two lenses and the ability to take two photographs at the same time, were introduced in the mid 19th century and revolutionised photography. They cut down exposure time and thus allowed for some movement in the image without blurring as subjects were not required to sit for long periods to produce sharp results.