Sunday, December 28, 2008


Let the haters hate.
We all know paisley is the jam and butter of life.
We all know, being royalty implies one be familiar with certain symbols and textiles.
Paisley is Persian in origin, but got its name from the town Paisley in Scotland.
Some believe the shape is the convergence of a stylized floral spray and a cypress tree:
a Zoroastrian symbol of life and eternity. Who in the world has ever heard of this religion? India having the largest population of Zoroastrians, it is no surprise the pattern is so common there. This religion has both western and eastern religious philosophies and is said to
have more influence on mankind directly or indirectly than any other faith.

A floral motif called buta, which originated in the Safavid Dynasty in Persia (1501-1736)
was a major textile pattern in Iran also during the Qajar Dynasty. During these periods, the pattern was used in the royal house decorating regalia, crowns and court garments.

In 17-1800 the pattern was widespread through the Baltic regions and was thought of as a protective charm to ward of evil demons. In the modern culture it is seen as a symbol of rebellion to the youth of these countries.
The East India Company began spreading the pattern throughout Europe and in the 19th century production of paisley increased. Soldiers returning home brought with them cashmere wool shawls from India and the East India Company imported more.
The pattern was copied and then reprinted, rather than woven, onto cotton squares for mass distribution, the precursor to the modern bandana.
Paisley is identified heavily (in our time) by the summer of love and the psychedelic movements of the Beatles. Paisley then became a mascot for rock n roll.
Maybe because at one time it was EVERYWHERE, or maybe it is because your Grandma wears it SO much---you despise paisley.
Well I suggest you change your tune.
Cause Paisley rocks.