15 March 2023
Dr Sheilagh Quaile presents a short history of the Paisley shawl industry (ca. 1805-70), including the shawls’ design and fabrication.
14 November 2023, 6.30pm UK time
In the 19th century, the town of Paisley, Scotland, became famous for manufacturing shawls that imitated patterns from Asian textiles. Indeed, after about 1850, many English speakers associated the town’s name with the iconic, originally Persian motif, the “paisley.”
In this webinar, Dr Sheilagh Quaile presents a short history of the Paisley shawl industry (ca. 1805-70), including the shawls’ design and fabrication. Dr Quaile provides tips on how to identify different types of Paisley shawls and designs from different eras.
This presentation will be of interest to Scottish history enthusiasts and aficionados of fashion, textiles, and design alike.
Join Dr Sheilagh Quaile for a live c.45-minute illustrated online talk on 14 November at 6.30pm UK time, followed by approximately 30 minutes of questions from the audience. The registration fee includes on-demand access to the event recording (released the following day) for 7 days after the broadcast.
The event will be chaired by Dr Kelsey Jackson Williams, associate professor of early modern literature at the University of Stirling and general editor of the Scottish History Society.
Registration fee: £10 - includes 7-day access to the event recording. Starts 6.30pm UK time. To find the start time in your time zone, visit TimeAndDate. Got a question about booking? E-mail Rachel Bellerby.
Dr Sheilagh Quaile is a historian and art historian. Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and a Bader Fellowship in Art History, Dr Quaile’s PhD thesis, “Paisley, Scotland’s Nineteenth-Century Shawl Designers: Innovators or Imitators?” (Queen’s University at Kingston, 2020) investigates the training, methods, and sources used by Paisley textile designers whose work emulated Asian designs. Part of this thesis has been published in the Journal of Design History.
Image: Shawl exhibited by Roxburgh & Co of Paisley, 1851 © NY Public Library, Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs