Paisley Pattern: From India With Love
Paisley Pattern: From India With Love

Paisley is a famous pattern based on the shape of a droplet. This element has a lot of variations, and it gives infinite room for designers’ and artists’ creative imagination. The figures can be tiny or large, multicolored or painted with tints and shades of just one hue. They can be simple and clean, or decorated with intricate swirls, waves, patterns. There are a lot of theories explaining the pattern’s origin and the meaning behind it. One can view it as a floral motif, life awakening symbol, or as fire flames, source of warmth and protection, or as tears of joy and relief. Paisley came into everyday fashion not so long ago, but it has already won affection of many fashionistas.

Historical reference

The pattern called “Indian or Turkish cucumber” in Russia and “Paisley” in all western countries, in the East is known as boteh or buta.

There is a long and remarkable story behind this peculiar shape. According to researchers, its origin can be traced to Persia, some specify that it was invented during the time of the Sassanid Empire. All researchers agree on the fact that this pattern came to Europe from India, a British colony at that time.

photo by: Textile Historian Margy Norrish 

The pattern became known in Europe, and many local weavers adopted it. One of the manufactures, located in Scotland, in a town called Paisley, developed new technologies which made possbile mass production of cheeper and more colorful fabrics with buta pattern. These Scottish fabrics became popular and well known all over Europe, and the pattern got its second name - Paisley.

By the middle of the XX century the paisley pattern got quite forgotten, but the 70s brought it back in fashion by Hippies, a youth subculture of major influence during that period. Paisley, among several other ethnic designs, became a recognizable attribute of this revolutionary and freedom-loving movement. It appeared on bright bandanas, scarves and shawls, on the garments worn by painters, rock-musicians, all people of art.

Nowadays, this pattern has become classic. ETRO use it in their every collection as a signature print.


ETRO AW 2015/16


Eau de Parfum Jacquard Etro

How to wear and combine

Paisley is a tricky pattern, but there are just a few simple rules you should know to successfully combine it with other items of the wardrobe. The perfect match to paisley is neutral shades, as they frame it to and create an attractive and elegant look.

Unicolored fabrics do not compete with the paisley pattern, and create the perfect background for the beauty of the ornament on your paisley sling. Jewelry ethnic style will make accent on the eastern origin of the print, so if you want your look to be more neutral, then try to pick neutral jewelry, definitely without any Indian elements.

If you combine this print with a fringed jacket, a hat or cowboy-style boots, it is a simple way to create a boho or hippie look for casual wear. Combination of this pattern with deep, dark hues in your clothes will help you to create a feminine festive look.

Woven wraps with Paisly Pattern

Fidella Persian Paisley hazel Wrap
Mode of production: Machine woven
Contains: organic cotton 100%
Brand: Fidella
Thickness: 205 g/m²
In Pattern: Persian Paisley, Paisley_
Edition: Limited Edition
Color: brown, pink, red-brown
Release: 10th of december 2015
Lenny Lamb Paisley Turquoise Wrap
Mode of production: Machine woven
Contains: cotton 100%
Brand: Lenny Lamb
Thickness: 260 g/m²
In Pattern: Paisley, Paisley_
Edition: Limited Edition
Color: turquoise
Release: 4th of january 2016
Artipoppe Persian Paisley Nuvola Wrap (mulberry silk)
Mode of production: Machine woven
Contains: silk (mulberry silk 62%), cotton (egyptian cotton 34%)
Brand: Artipoppe
In Pattern: Paisley Persian, Paisley_
Edition: Limited Edition
Color: black, darkblue, lightblue
Release: 15th of january 2016
Joy and Joe Shiver Me Paisleys (SMP) Red Chilli 2016 Wrap
Mode of production: Machine woven
Contains: cotton 100%
Brand: Joy and Joe
Thickness: 287 g/m²
In Pattern: Shiver me paisley, Paisley_
Edition: Limited Edition
Color: black, red
Release: 26th of may 2016
Artipoppe Paisley Meringue Wrap (cashmere)
Mode of production: Machine woven
Contains: cotton (egyptian cotton 35%), wool (cashmere 65%)
Brand: Artipoppe
In Pattern: Paisley, Persian Paisley, Paisley_
Edition: Limited Edition
Color: yellow, lemon yellow
Release: 17th of june 2016
Neko Slings Efes Paisley rose Wrap
Mode of production: Machine woven
Contains: cotton (organic cotton 100%)
Brand: Neko Slings
Thickness: 260 g/m²
In Pattern: Paisley, Paisley_
Edition: Limited Edition
Color: pink
Release: 21th of october 2015

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