The Textile collections are a key part of the UK’s design and industrial heritage and are at the heart of the town’s stories. This Recognised Collection of National Significance comprises 1200 Paisley shawls, working looms, pattern and design books, and textile production technology, telling the story of the Paisley Pattern and shawl industry in Paisley.
The Kashmir Shawl, which originated in India in the 11th century, is an important example of Indian design and craftsmanship. The most popular and recognisable of these intricate and beautiful hand-woven designs was the teardrop motif. Design books in the Museum collection present the early stages of the Paisley shawl design process.