Rare Paisley Pattern collection revealed at launch of PaisleyMake festival

Paisley's rare collection of Paisley Pattern books, shawls and looms have been unveiled to design and textile experts from all over the globe.

The big reveal took place in Paisley Museum as the first ever PaisleyMake Festival of Creativity began in the town.

Rare Paisley Pattern collection revealed at launch of PaisleyMake festival

Paisley is the hometown of the world famous Paisley Pattern and was once at the centre of the global textile industry. In reconnecting with the town's internationally-significant textile heritage with the modern global brand, Paisley hopes to inspire designers to work with the pattern once again and create new designs.

Opening up Paisley's renowned Paisley Pattern archive is just a glimpse of what could be on display permanently in the museum. Paisley Museum is the subject of ambitious £56.7m plans to turn it into an international-class visitor attraction and it is intended that the textiles collection become a key exhibit in the refurbished museum.

The plans for Paisley Museum and wider regeneration of the town centre form part of the Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021. The bid aims to use Paisley’s internationally-significant collection of heritage and cultural assets to transform the town and Renfrewshire’s future.

The town’s vibrant cultural scene is underlined by its hosting of the first PaisleyMake Festival of Creativity and Design. This four-day celebration of creativity welcomes designers and industry professionals from around the world to Paisley for a range of seminars and workshops.

Hosted by Renfrewshire Council in partnership with Scotland Re:Designed, the festival showcases the depth of talent in Scottish fashion, textiles, accessories and interior design, all within the historic surroundings of Paisley Abbey.

Paisley’s first-ever yarn storming installation is also taking place as part of PaisleyMake. Local artist and businesswoman, Dyane Lanez, has wrapped the famous cloisters of Paisley Abbey in a selection of bright wool, inspired by the Paisley 2021. People can come along and take part in the yarn storming workshops at Paisley Abbey on Saturday 3 September between 1pm and 4pm.

Anybody interested in arranging a viewing of the Paisley Pattern archive should contact Dr Dan Coughlan, Curator of Textiles at Paisley Museum, via or on 0141 4618 5085