Paisley Shawl

Paisley Shawl

This evening, I am posting information in the Paisley Shawl which is synonymous with the town of Paisley in S.W.Scotland.

Paisley has a long history of weaving and producing textile industry products.

The shawl design had its genesis in Kashmir, India. It was fashionable in Britain by 1780 because it complimented the current fashions. At this time the shawls were about eight feet by four feet and would be worn in many ways.

After 1820 the patterns became more complex, typically with a creamy white centre and a border pattern of large blue pines variegated by mixing in greens, reds and yellows.

About 1830 the ‘pine’ pattern changed ┬áto more naturalistic flowers for a short period. The shape changed to square and remained popular throughout the 19th century.

Rectangular plaids were reintroduced at the accession of Queen Victoria in 1837. To cover the wide, crinoline skirts dimensions reached ten feet by five feet. As the Victorian era progressed the patterned area of the shawls replaced the plain sections.

Subsequently, fashion swung towards short jackets and capes resulting in reduced demand for Paisley Shawls.

Today, as far as the writer can ascertain, Paisley Shawls are no longer produced in Scotland. Examples of the garment can be seen in Paisley Museum.

Paisley Shawl, Paisley Museum, Scotland

Paisley Shawl, Paisley Museum, Scotland

Paisley Shawl, Paisley Museum, Scotland

Paisley Shawl, Paisley Museum, Scotland.

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