Shawl in a day’s work with U3A Shawl in a day’s work with U3A
Members were enthralled by Paisley & District University of the Third Age’s (U3A) guest speaker Valerie Reilly. Ninety people were keen to learn about... Shawl in a day’s work with U3A

Members were enthralled by Paisley & District University of the Third Age’s (U3A) guest speaker Valerie Reilly.

Ninety people were keen to learn about the Paisley Pattern shawl’s history while five members came with prized heirloom shawls for Valerie to examine and date.

U3A chair, Kathleen O’Donnell remarked: “I didn’t know the original tear drop pattern originated in India around the 12th century. It was fascinating to find out how Paisley later beat rival manufacturers in Edinburgh and Norwich to make these expensive shawls.

“They were priced by size and while some of the earliest could cost £300, which is over £38,000 today, it was Paisley’s skill at mass producing that brought the prices down to more affordable levels.”

The next Paisley & District U3A meeting will be held on Thursday 7th November at 2pm. The programme includes the AGM and election of officer bearers at 2.15pm. Following the election, the winners of the first photography competition will be announced.

To conclude, members will see ‘Magic Ian’ perform various illusions and tricks.

Tea and coffee will be available from 1.30pm in the Salvation Army Hall, Mill Street, Paisley, PA1 1ND.

Details of all U3A group activities at: https://u3asites.org.uk/paisley.


Photo:Paisley & District U3A Chair, Kathleen O’Donnell helps author and speaker Valerie Reilly to examine a Paisley Pattern shawl for U3A members
Photo credit: Alex Dymock

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