I'm not sure if this is a “Manton de Manila” but it was gifted to me just last week by a friend of a friend. It belonged to her mother-in-law and while it is very old and the silk is damaged, the embroidery is still in tact and she couldn't bear to throw it away - and so now it is mine, thank you Gayle! The very long fringe is an exciting part for me, as I can visualise it being incorporated into a new sculptural work. The “Manton de Manila” has a fascinating history which I discovered through waiyyukkennedy's blog, where she writes about an exquisite shawl in the collection of the V & A (see interspersed with my rather grainy photos below). "The shawls were made in South China but the name comes from the port of Manila in the Philippines. The Philippines became a Spanish colony in 1565 and was part of New Spain, administered from Mexico. This meant that Asian goods for the Spanish market were shipped on “Manila Galleons” to the west coast of Mexico, then transported overland to the port of Veracruz for shipment to Spain."