My sister found this amazingly beautiful bit of apparel in a used clothing store in Maine, and I’m not sure what to call it, what it’s for, or if it’s worth anything. Help!
This is a heavily beaded and heavily fringed black shawl-like thing. It looks like it was supposed to be worn over a dress to make it look fancier, not as any kind of independent garment. I’ve taken a bunch of pictures and made a (very high-quality and artistic) sketch of how it should look on a person:
The fabric is slightly faded, but still very close to black. The beading is mostly intact, though coming loose in some places. There is a set of ties on the inside of the back panel that look like they’re made to attach it to the dress underneath.
The questions I’m interested in are:
What do you call it? Does this type of garment have a name?
Any idea of what time frame it’s from?
Is it of any historical or financial importance, or just pretty?
Any ideas on what I should be doing to preserve it?