When you want to feel beautiful, express your love or romantic sensibility, and always make the most incredible impressions; you look to fashion to help you achieve your desires.
The feeling of wearing clothing thats rich in story and legacy can feel indescribable.
The Paisley Shawl Collection, cared for by Renfrewshire Council, is a recognised collection of national significance.
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At Paisley museum research is carried out on traditional textile design and technology in the Weaving Gallery.
Although the woven shawls, and their patterns, are known as 'Paisley', these shawls did not originate in Paisley - and Paisley wasn't even the only place in Europe where they were produced!
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Shawls were the essential accessory from the 1780's until the 1870's.It began in the Mogul period as the flowering plant (floral boteh) , evolved into a slightly abstract representation of flowers (semi floral boteh) and then developed during the Afghan period into a more stylized curvilinear representation of foliage and flowers rising to a vertex at the top (cone boteh).By the middle of the nineteenth century, under the Sikhs, it had developed into an extremely stylized form of sweeping(sweeping boteh) sinuous curves far removed from any resemblance of natures flora.Even today, the nature-inspired paisley patterned shawls have the power to dress yourself up or down; perfect for absolutely every occasion from the modern-casual look to accentuating any attire of the social elite.Fashion has an amazing power to instill within us a sense of confidence and pride, doesnt it?The paisley motif shawl has been used in many eastern traditions for a variety of uses.