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Sash 1850-75

Silk brocade, gold, pearls and diamonds | 199.5 x 25.2 x 0.3 cm (whole object) | RCIN 11412

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By the early nineteenth century, Paisley was a leading centre of production for imitation Kashmiri shawls. These were iconic for their design incorporating the buta (bud) motif. This stylised Indian motif, as seen embroidered on this patka (sash) from Kashmir in north India, became closely associated with this Scottish town. Today the motif, which is ubiquitous in British design, is commonly referred to as ‘paisley’ after the town, demonstrating a lasting link in design with India.