Sunday, May 17, 2009

P is for Paisley (The Paisley or Mango motif)



                                                      Yvette print from Les Indiennes

The Paisley print or the teardrop or the mango pattern- so many descriptions for a design that really gets around. The pattern originated in India and Persia but the name 'Paisley' derives from an eponymous Scottish town. How so? The British East India Company and others returning from the colonies exported the pattern, especially seen on cashmere shawls, to the western world.
And such was the demand, that textiles bearing the pattern were mass-produced and in the 1800's, the town of Paisley became the leading producer of beautiful multicolored shawls bearing this design. And so with some modification, was born the Paisley pattern. 
(Source: wikepedia)

Kashmir Paisley fabric by Peter Dunham
The Paisley pattern has been celebrated by some and vilified by others. I think it is a timeless classic and deserves a special mention. It has been seen on walls, like the one in this room designed by Alessandra Branca....
Design by Alessandra Branca; image via girlmeetsglamour
Michael Smith, the White House decorator, designed this bedroom with mix and match paisley's...
                                                      Image from Domino magazine


On fabrics for pillows, sheets: you name it, the Paisley is on it!

Image of pillow from Les Indiennes

Paisley block print paisley duvet cover from Urban Outfitters

The Paisley print was popular in the '60's and these pajamas will take you right back there!! The Color Swirl sleep pants from Anthropologie....


I am partial to their Bandana bucket bag with its big batik paisleys....

Images from Anthropologie

And don't even get me started on gorgeous Indian saris, and the popular mango pattern......

Image from here


Image from Harini Silks
(Click on Harini Silks to see a close-up of this yellow sari.)

Or on jewelry....



Images from the Zoya collection from Tanishq
So, go ahead, add a dash of Eastern glamour to your day.
Be creative with the paisley/mango design and do share your ideas with me!

8 comments:

Isabella said...

Great post! I have learned some new things and I enjoyed the beutiful pictures :-) Thanks!

Aditi said...

Isabella,
Glad you liked it!

Kanika Bahl said...

i have always loved the kairi motif too...but i find more often that not that i love looking at it more than wearing it...so for it works best for home interiors(and not so much for garments..:)
lovely post, love the blu/white peter dunham paisley

serendipityartist said...

Aditi, I love your blog. This post is especially interesting and has gotten my artistic wheels spinning. By the way I actually purchased a few of those Indian fabric block stamps from Etsy that you mentioned a few blog posts ago. They are even more amazing in person. Thank you.

Aditi said...

@Kanika, I think i would like a scarf with the paisley motif and I do like it on saris. I agree with you that the design looks nicer on home decor fabrics. I find it too busy a pattern on other clothes.

Aditi said...

serendipityartist, I am so happy to hear that!!

adult-acne-treatment said...

From where did you pick up the bag please?It is awesome.

kiruthi ka said...

Wonderful blog & good post.Its really helpful for me, awaiting for more new post. Keep Blogging!


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