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If you are a regular reader of this blog you know that I’m not a fan of mindless “up-cycling.” I didn’t arrive at that opinion quickly or lightly.
I’m a child of the 60s and 70s, and those of my generation thought we invented the re-crafting of old clothes. A few years back, slipper-maker Stubbs and Wootton did a paisley slipper made from old shawls.
Any shawl that has been folded for an extended period of time develops crease lines.
Collectors of old clothes often come across garments that are reincarnations of an older item. I’ve seen many garments dating from the Edwardian era and the 1920s made from paisley shawls. It was in such terrible shape that this was one piece that could be remade without guilt.
One favored material for such up-dating was the paisley shawl. A few weeks ago it occurred to me that it would make a lovely scarf. I used a patch, but I’m not entirely happy with the results.
-- RP, San Francisco, CAA -- Unfortunately, age alone does not mean that an object has a high monetary value.
While your shawl may appear perfect to you, chances are that unless it has been stored rolled on a tube, it has condition problems.
To see more paisley, visit Brenna Barks’ blog, where Monica Murgia has written about an exhibition at the Allentown Art Museum.Q -- I have an old paisley shawl that measures 102 inches by 132 inches. Paisley is a generic term applied to all shawls with this motif, the reason being that the best quality shawls were woven in factories located in Paisley, Scotland.