27 September 2016

Paisley Pattern - Riches from the East

Last week we received a stock of beautiful Indian silk scarves. We first had them last year and such was the richness of colour and design that we were thrilled to get more. The exotic pattern known as 'paisley' originated in the East, in countries like Persia (modern-day Iran) but gained it's name when it began being produced in Paisley, Scotland.

Indian silk scarves with purples and turquoise paisley designs

In the West, these designs became popular in the 18th and 19th centuries with the import of items like shawls from Kashmir and then began to be copied locally.

Indian silk scarf in silver paisley pattern

The design is composed of the buta or boteh, a droplet-shaped vegetable motif. Some believe this to be a combination of a stylised floral spray and a cypress tree, taken from Zoroastrian symbology.

Paisley patterned neck ties

Paisley is so versatile it has been used in all sorts of textile and rug designs for centuries. The pattern is popular for neck ties and it took me only moments to pull a very small selection from my own wardrobe and realise just how many I have! It's easy to see what a varied look can be achieved.

Jagger, Bowie & Lennon sporting paisley shirts
Mick Jagger, David Bowie, John Lennon
It was fashionable in the 1960s .....

Duchess of Cambridge, Sandra Bullock and Nikki Reed wearing paisley
Duchess of Cambridge wearing Alexander McQueen, Sandra Bullock wearing Stella McCartney
and Nikki Reed wearing Naeem Khan
...... and it still is!

Find our latest selection of silk scarves online and add a classic fashion accessory to your autumn/winter wardrobe.
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