[Details: Circa 1849 woven goat fleece and silk shawl by Deneirouse and Boisglavy. Collection of The Met.]
My video pick for the new week was actually posted by The Met last week. Part of the museum's 82nd & Fifth series, in this installment, Looming Change, Melinda Watt looks at a staggeringly large 19th-century twill tapestry shawl with a design that blends Indian boteh motifs and blousy European garden blooms -- peonies, tulips, roses, hydrangeas and carnations. While we already know why hand-woven textiles are worthy of admiration, Watt makes the case that sometimes machine-crafted wares, too, can be brilliant examples of human ingenuity.