(Gradually the jigha elongated, more and more resembling the feather it anchored.So, yet another reading: Paisley is a feather.) in indigenous terms.Ancient Babylonians likened it to an uncurling date palm shoot.Providing them with food, wine, wood, paper, hatch, and string—all of life’s necessities—date palms symbolized prosperity and plenty.The pattern can indeed be traced back to ancient Babylonian civilisation where it was used as a symbol to represent the growing shoot of the date palm, also regarded as the "tree of life", since it provided Babylonians with food, drink, clothing and shelter.The symbol first appeared to decorate a 17th century Indian shawl from Kashmir used by men.The Paisley Shawls have been unveiled by Visit Scotland as being amongst the top 25 objects to have shaped Scotland’s history, as highlighted in a stunning new e-book. 2017 is the year to delve into the past and discover Scotland’s fascinating stories through a wide-ranging, variety of new and existing activity to drive the nation’s tourism and events sector, boosting tourism in every single corner of the country.
My own fascination with paisley patterns was sparked by an exhibition of Kashmir shawls at the Textile Museum of Canada.
As decoration on jewelry it can be traced back to the second and third centuries; later it appeared in other decorative arts from Persia.
By the seventeenth century it was springing up on textiles woven in Kashmir.
The shawls’ distinctive design originates from India and was first woven in Paisley around 1808. At one point in the 19th century the Paisley shawl was the must-have fashion accessory - inspired by Queen Victoria herself wearing one.
The town became the epicentre of production for the iconic teardrop pattern over the following century and eventually the names of the town and pattern became synonymous. "The collection in Paisley Museum is internationally significant and a fascinating showcase of the creativity and craftmanship which defined the town and carried its name around the world.