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We’re currently cataloguing a collection of shawl designs from the 1840s-1850s featuring the Kashmir cypress cone or ‘Paisley’ pattern, so named because weavers in the town of Paisley near Glasgow, became the foremost producers of these shawls in the early 19th century. Some of the designs in the collection were donated by T C Campbell Mackie (1886–1952), an architect and Head of the School of Design at Glasgow School of Art from 1920-1948, who used the designs as teaching aids.

They’re far too pretty to keep to ourselves. The catalogue should hopefully be available to view on the Archives Hub soon.

Detail of a Paisley shawl design

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