Paisley’s on a passage to India
Trade mission will promote iconic pattern
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