Paisley Pattern brings together East and West for fashion show

A cultural exchange between India and Scotland has been celebrated with a colourful fashion show showcasing different designs of the famous Paisley Pattern.

Thanks to a grant from the Scottish Government through the UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI), the exchange saw a group from Glasgow’s Kelvin College including Paisley Museum Master Weaver Dan Coughlan, go out to Andhra Pradesh, India in early January.

The exchange which was with the Government Polytechnic for Women in Guntur, saw the students and staff involved working with their Indian counterparts to create the garments featured in the fashion show.

Hosted by Renfrewshire Council as the town’s bid for UK City of Culture, the fashion show was enjoyed by the students and faculty of Government Polytechnic for Women as well as the wider community.

Alan Sherry, Glasgow Kelvin College Principal, said: “This exciting event was the culmination of many hours of hard work for our students and Indian colleagues.

“The dynamic UKIERI-AICTE programme is providing excellent opportunities for skills and knowledge exchange between our Indian and Scottish partners.

“The visit has been a great chance for our students to experience, first hand, the creativity and talents of learners at the Government Polytechnic for Women, learning new techniques in textile design.

“We are very grateful for the valued input of our partners and I would like to thank everyone involved in creating our Paisley Pattern themed fashion extravaganza.”

Glasgow Kelvin College is a further education college in Glasgow which was formed in 2013 following the merger of John Wheatley College, Stow College and North Glasgow College.

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