Go to the National Museums Scotland website and read up on turkey red, the favoured red dye of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and a mainstay of the Dunbartonshire textile industry. There are hundreds of samples to peruse.
Paisley pattern -- tha's dead swirly! (Swatch from Braw Doocot.)
Morton visit St Mirren today for the Refrewshire Cup final. St Mirren have won it five years in a row and lead the all-time standings with 52 wins against Morton's 51. Based on the 2010-2011 league results St Mirren are the eleventh-best team in all the land, whereas Morton are nineteenth-best -- and the match is at St Mirren's home ground in Paisley -- so the Ton are decidely the underdogs. But you never know.
Morton reached the final by beating Carlton YMCA 4 - 0 in May, while St Mirren defeated Gourock Thistle 9 - 1. Morton and St Mirren are almost always the two teams in this cup final. Time was when each club had a strong cross-town rival to make the derby more interesting, but neither Port Glasgow Athletic (winners of five Renfrewshire Cups) nor Abercorn (five as well) fields a senior club today. Ditto two Cup Arthurlie of Barrhead.
The Renfrewshire Cup was the property of St Mirren FC in 1960 when Robin Hall and Jimmy Macgregor released this 45rpm recording, "Football Crazy".
Most of what follows I have lifted from Twitter:
Ninety minutes before kick-off and the term "soap dodger" has already been hurled by a St Mirren tweeter. A Morton supporter responds by referring to St Mirren Park as the Methadome.
Swirly clouds with graduated tones show up wherever Buddhism has been an influence. You see them in the corners of Tibetan thankas. This design is on a batik cloth from Cirebon on the north shore of Java. For more about mega mendung (roughly: cloudy clouds) see here and here.
The author of Spitalfields Life has accomplished something Heather has always wanted to do -- go to the textile department of the Victoria and Albert museum and root around in the design books. These drawings were made in the year 1741/2.
For my money Spitalfields Life is everything a weblog should aspire to be. The writing is original, humane, humble, curious and local. The author posts daily about some aspect of life in his neighbourhood, and has committed to do so for ten thousand posts, or until 2037. By returning constantly to the particular, he is building up a picture of the universal. And after only a year and a half it is already a feast.