Originating in Asia, the ‘teardrop’ design known now as the Paisley Pattern became popular in Europe in the 19th century, where the town of Paisley became the production centre of the Paisley Pattern Shawl, producing more shawls here than anywhere else in the world.
Although the exotically patterned, delicate woollen shawls went out of fashion in the 1870s, there has been a recent re-surgence in the Paisley Pattern, with fashion designers such as Vivienne Westwood including the teardrop pattern in her collection.
Hand loom weaving was a traditional industry in Renfrewshire throughout the 18th and 19th centuries and examples of original hand looms are housed in our Loom Gallery.
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