Paisley patternPassing the gallery
Leading headings: Marina Volkova
Magazine: N10 (176) 2012
Paisley is the European name for a traditional oriental pattern. It is given around the town in Scotland, where they began to produce fabrics with such a pattern resembling drops or cucumbers. The ornament was used in ancient Iran to decorate noblemen’s clothes and dishes. Even baked cakes of similar shape. From Iran, the pattern came to India, and from there (thanks to the British colonialists, who brought exotic souvenirs home) to the West. In Russia, it was first seen in the 18th century on overseas gifts - cashmere shawls.
However, in the 19th century, interest in paisley subsided, and it was long forgotten. Hippie ornament was revived: bright, motley textiles with this pattern came to the children of flowers to taste. John Lennon even had a yellow Rolls Royce, painted with Indian cucumbers (in Europe, the ornament was called so). Until now, in many subcultures, bandanas sewn from fabric, colored with cucumbers, serve as a symbol of protest. But the modern design of paisley did not enter thanks to the sixties, but thanks to Girolamo Etro, the founder of the fashion house.