Hawick hosiery has secured a prime position in the country’s newest and largest design museums. Our team at Hawick Museum has loaned an outfit to the recently opened Victoria & Albert Dundee museum.
The piece is a Pringle of Scotland ladies ski-pant ensemble, dated late 1960s-early 1970s. It will be on display for visitors from all over the world at the new V&A for the next three years. Shona Sinclair, our Museums and Galleries Curator said: “We are incredibly honoured that the V&A Dundee wanted to display one of our pieces. It illustrates the impact and influence that Hawick-made knitwear has had on the design world.”
The outfit was originally displayed in ‘Fully Fashioned: The Pringle of Scotland Story’ at the National Museum of Scotland in 2015, and consists of a Cashmere polo neck intarsia sweater, with mauve and cream chevrons, and matching pink ski-pants with stirrup feet straps trimmed with white. The ski-pants were made by Croydor of Switzerland from elasticated fabric for Lilywhites, Piccadilly Circus. London.
To extend their sports range it would appear that Pringle collaborated with other manufacturers to produce ensembles such as this one. The outfit is part of the Mulherron Collection which was purchased from Dr Jamie Mulherron in July 2015 with the assistance of National Fund for Acquisitions.
Hawick Museum has a growing collection of garments made in the Borders and representing 100 years of high-quality hosiery and knitwear production, including one of, if not the best, collections of Pringle of Scotland garments, dating from the 1930s to present day.
Hawick museum endeavours to work with all textile manufacturers and regularly collaborates with them through exhibits at Borders Textile Towerhouse which sets out to explore the past, present and future of Scottish Borders textile production.
Pop along and keep your eyes peeled for this stunning exhibit in the brand new museum.
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