Seeing paisley pattern always brings back my childhood nostalgia. As a small child near the end of 80’s, I remember seeing piles of paisley fabric beside my mother’s vintage Singer® sewing machine (she’s a casual dressmaker back then.)
Paisley was everywhere from dress shirts to our sofa cushion covers, and I’m not sure if it’s a trend or just her sartorial favourite during that period. This early encounter with paisley left me with the impression that paisley is very vintage, kind of old and matured.
Different from the generic floral pattern, paisley pattern features droplet-shaped vegetable motif, which is originally called boteh in the ancient Aryan. The early design of paisley was culturally influenced by China, Middle East and India, and it has went through iterations and evolution to become the paisley you see today.
Well, let’s just say I have a different perspective on paisley now, and that’s maybe because I’m finally old enough to want to see myself in it. Like camouflage, paisley is getting a lot of attention this year, and you can notice its influence in the recent fashion collections by some of the big designers.
Here’s a collection of inspiration on how you can incorporate paisley into your wardrobe:
What’s your take on paisley? I hope you’re inspired. 🙂