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Paisley Silk Shawl
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Detail of a Silk Paisley Shawl

This woman’s shawl was made around 1840 and is woven in a mixture of cashmere and silk. It is long and wide as it was worn over a crinoline – a very full-skirted dress. The kidney-shaped pattern on the border of the shawl originates from Iran, but its western name comes from the town of Paisley, near Glasgow


Image: © East Riding Museums Service