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'PAISLEY': EMPIRES BY DESIGN

February 2011

The unique 'paisley' motif has been recreated in different forms for centuries. This exhibition for the Adelaide Fringe 2011 showcases a stunning collection of historic and new paisley textiles from across India and Central Asia, as well as modern interpretations of the design in every form from scarves to hand carved picture frames and printing blocks. All works will be for sale. Persia is credited with having created the boteh design that has since become known as the paisley motif, during the Safavid Dynasty from 1501-1736.  Boteh is an anglicised version of the Hindi word, buta, which means “flower.” In India the design is depicted in weaving, embroidery and woodblock printing in a range of styles. Iranian weavers began using the design extensively in rug weaving during the Qajar Dynasty (1795-1925) and continue to use it today.  Paisley in Scotland produced machine made shawls for the longest period, thus the name ‘Paisley” became the popular western name for this design. Further Information Phone: 0404871707


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