Paisleys are one of the most common designs to be found woven on silk sarees; be it in the form of gold zari motives or thread work. What is the history of this design? How did ‘the paisley’ come to have such a strong influence on the design and crafting of sarees in India? Read more to find out!
A deeper meaning
"Do you not miss Krishna, after all you spent all your time singing and dancing with him?" asked Radha's mother. Radha remained silent. She closed her eyes, and Krishna happened within her. All the music happened within her. Tears of ecstasy poured from her eyes. Her tears fell on the ground, on a seed. And the seed grew into a lush, beautiful tree which was completely in union with the lord, existence, with Krishna. The fruits of this tree was eaten by everyone who could experience Radha’s love for Krishna.
To us, The Paisley is a symbol of tears of devotion, as expressed by a devotee who has merged with existence. To us, this motif contains within itself so many stories of love, joy and eternal happiness.
The sari is our canvas and weaving, our form of expression of art. The Paisley or Manga Bhutta is usually woven as a Bhutta in the body of the sari. But in some of our kanjivarams we have woven it in the border or is in the paloo. While the motif has a simple shape, we can add complexity to it by adding meenakari work or intricate floral elements inside the paisley.
Our selection of sarees with paisley based motives can be found below