Sunday, June 7, 2009

A simple motif to be used in an allover pattern. We generally call this paisley, but the motif comes from India, where it is considered a stylized mango. When fabrics were first imported from India to the UK, large woven scarves with this motif became very popular. A weaving company in Paisley, Scotland began to produce them in wool, and soon the scarves were known as Paisleys. Eventually, the Indian mango motif came to be known as paisley.

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