The signature teardrop pattern of Paisley has its roots in ancient Persia, and was thought to be a Zoroastrian symbol of life and eternity. Initially known as the ‘boteh’ or ‘buta’, the pattern travelled down the ‘silk routes’ to Europe in the 19th century, courtesy of the East India Company. It eventually took a turn through the town of Paisley, Renfrewshire in Scotland where it was mass produced and redubbed ‘paisley’ where it then took over the fashion scene of the time. Like any long-lived pattern, it has had its ups and downs with its last major comeback being the psychedelic 60s where it was donned by icons the likes of the Beatles and Prince. Current trend forecasts predict Paisley to make another comeback this year with fashion designers already showing off collections rich in the pattern.
YOUTHFUL DESIRES Paisley has a place in the upper echelons of fashion, but it can also be whimsical and down-toearth. When endowed with fun pastels, it can be an eye-catching backdrop for a child’s bedroom or playroom, creating a fantasy-like atmosphere.