Paisley is a Persian word that stands for a twisted tear-drop shaped form, also called as the mango or keri shape. This pattern became popular in Europe during the 18th and 19th centuries, when Kashmiri shawls having these patterns were exported from India. The pattern is widely used on clothes, bags, jewelry, table-cloths, paintings and pottery and is commonly seen in Britain, Iran, India and other southern and central Asian countries.
In India, this symbol is associated with the time of harvest. It has deep socio-economic and spiritual significance. It is also extensively used in bridal outfits and bridal mehendi/ henna designs. Today, Paisley or mango design is one of the most known, fondest ethnic associations, and you can see them aplenty on all kinds of Indian and Eastern wear, be it sarees, salwars or lehengas – in form of prints, patterns, embroidery, patch work or weaves.
Paisley Ethnic Suits
The mango form is widely used in Indian traditional outfits. It is commonly seen in Kanchipuram sarees from Southern India. Paisley blocks are used as motifs or recurring borders in block print salwar suits. It is also an extensively used motif for zari and thread embroidery/ weave in salwar suits, lehenga cholis and sarees. Jamewar shawls and sarees, and other Kashmiri crafts always have some element of paisley in their designs, so do many other Indian heritage crafts and textiles. Paisley is also one of the most popularly weave motif used in banarasi sarees.
In the contemporary settings, Anarkali suits patterned with paisley embroidery are ideal for wedding functions and festivals, while straight-cut and palazzo suits with paisley print or thread embroidery are suitable for formal, semi-formal and casual wear.
Styling Paisley Suits
Since the twisted tear-drop pattern is typically a traditional, evergreen design, such outfits look better when paired with traditional patterned accessories. You can wear mango shaped jewelry to match the pattern on your outfit or just simple traditional gold or pearl jewelry. Embroidered bags and juttis look great with such outfits. Add tassles
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