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Paisley scarf

The Kashmir shawl was first brought to Europe by the British East India Company. A luxurious and expensive woven product, imitations were developed and became a popular fashion accessory during the nineteenth century. The majority of these shawls were produced in the Scottish town of Paisley, once the industrial epicentre for Scottish textile manufacturing. The Paisley shawl design is now synonymous with the town and its civic archives boast an unrivalled collection.

When shawls fell out of fashion in the late 1800s, the finest Kashmir examples were kept as family heirlooms. Many good-quality woven imitation shawls were cut-up and made into garments such as jackets and housecoats. This recycling of a once highly sought-after accessory enabled the expensive fabric to be valued a little longer.

With the Paisley scarf Atelier E.B pay homage to a town and the pattern that put Paisley on the map. The text ‘Atelier’ disrupts the paisley pattern flow mindful of the devastation Paisley suffered when the textile fell from fashion and the mills closed down.

IOTII collection, 2015

Price: £190.00 + P&P

Size: 60 × 140cm

Material: 100% Cashmere

Photo credits: Rob Smith, Eileen Quinlan, Begg&Co