Dr. Sheilagh Quaile


About Dr. Sheilagh Quaile

Dr. Sheilagh Quaile is an early-career art historian whose research interests include nineteenth-century textiles and design in Britain and South Asia. Funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship and a Bader Fellowship in Art History, Quaile’s PhD thesis examined textile design in the imitation-Kashmiri shawl industry of Paisley, Scotland.

cashmere grid
For centuries, handwoven cloth from the Kashmir region of the Indian subcontinent has been revered for its exquisite softness and decorative surface patterns.

Cashmere shawls


Attributed to Kashmir, detail of shawl of joined fragments, pashmina wool, late 18th century (The Met)
For centuries, handwoven cloth from the Kashmir region of the Indian subcontinent has been revered for its exquisite softness and decorative surface patterns.

Cashmere shawls