Pais­ley’s on a pas­sage to In­dia

Trade mis­sion will pro­mote iconic pat­tern

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - Ken­neth Speirs

The Pais­ley Pat­tern is up front and cen­tre at a colour­ful fash­ion event in In­dia.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Ren­frew­shire Coun­cil and the Pais­ley 2021 bid have flown out to Mumbai to sup­port pre­sen­ta­tions around the UWS Pais­ley Pearls project, which re-imag­ines the fa­mous de­sign, with its ori­gins in the an­cient Kash­mir, for the dig­i­tal age.

And David Amos, head of pol­icy and com­mis­sion­ing at Ren­frew­shire Coun­cil, and Dr Dan Cough­lan, cu­ra­tor of Tex­tiles at Pais­ley Mu­seum, are both on the trip to talk about the sig­nif­i­cance of the Pais­ley Pat­tern.

At its cen­tre is a fash­ion event dubbed Fash­ion­ing the Fu­ture – Shar­ing Skills, Cul­ture and Sus­tain­abil­ity, and is the cli­max of a Bri­tish Coun­cil/ UK- In­dia Ed­u­ca­tion and Re­search Ini­tia­tive­funded pro­gramme where Scot­tish stu­dents from Glas­gow Kelvin Col­lege and stu­dents from In­dia’s Gunter Col­lege have shared knowl­edge, skills and ex­pe­ri­ence over the last two years.

David Amos said: “The Glas­gow Kelvin and In­dian Gun­tur Col­lege stu­dents chose the Pais­ley Pat­tern as the com­mon thread be­tween them. Pais­ley’s weavers were in­spired by the orig­i­nal In­dian pat­tern in the early 19th cen­tury and made it fa­mous across the west­ern world, but it re­mained ubiq­ui­tous across In­dian de­sign, so both the Scot­tish and In­dian stu­dents know it well.

“As part of our visit, our Pais­ley 2021 part­ner, Glas­gow Kelvin Col­lege, is host­ing a fash­ion show in Mumbai to show­case the work of their Glas­gow and In­dian de­sign stu­dents.

“Dan and I will be in­tro­duc­ing the show by talk­ing about the his­tor­i­cal links be­tween Pais­ley and In­dia through weav­ing and the pat­tern and also how both the pat­tern and the town’s links with In­dia are be­ing used to sup­port Pais­ley’s bid to be UK City of Cul­ture 2021.

“We have very strong and unique con­nec­tions with one of the big­gest global mar­kets in the world through the Pais­ley Pat­tern and we are out here build­ing new con­nec­tions with In­dia.”

The Mumbai fash­ion show will fea­ture the Glas­gow Kelvin and Gun­tur stu­dent de­signs first show­cased in Pais­ley Abbey in Jan­uary 2016

Pais­ley 2021 Bid di­rec­tor, Jean Cameron, said: “We are hon­oured to be part of the del­e­ga­tion and it’s won­der­ful that the Pais­ley Pat­tern is at the cen­tre of such a wor­thy project that strength­ens the links be­tween stu­dents in Scot­land and In­dia and the bonds be­tween the two coun­tries them­selves.

“The Pais­ley Pat­tern has had a huge cul­tural im­pact and made the name of the town fa­mous across the globe. As we await a de­ci­sion on the UK City of Cul­ture 2021 ti­tle, the pat­tern is as rel­e­vant to­day as ever and is at the heart of plans to trans­form the town.”

Prof Craig Ma­honey, prin­ci­pal and vice chan­cel­lor of Univer­sity of the West of Scot­land, said the trip was an im­por­tant one.

He added: “UWS is de­lighted to be tak­ing part in the event in Mumbai, in par­tic­u­lar col­lab­o­rat­ing with our part­ner or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing Glas­gow Kelvin Col­lege, Ren­frew­shire Coun­cil and Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment, as part of this visit to en­hance the al­ready strong links be­tween Scot­land and In­dia.

“In­no­va­tion is key to In­dia’s con­tin­ued growth and we hope that this visit will en­able us to build on our cur­rent col­lab­o­ra­tions and also de­velop new and pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ships.

“UWS’s Pais­ley Pearls project is a prime ex­am­ple of in­no­va­tion in dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies and we are proud to be part of the Mumbai event and the wider visit to help pro­mote ex­per­tise and in­no­va­tion in Scot­land’s ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor.”

Pas­sion for fash­ion Stu­dents from Glas­gow’s Kelvin Col­lege are trav­el­ling to In­dia for the Pais­ley Pearls event

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