Textile, "Massive Paisley", 2007 Medium: 76% polyester; 24% cotton Technique: 2/1 twill (weft-float face) with continuous supplementary weft patterning. Gift of Maharam. 2008-14-1.
What is this?
Length of woven fabric with a black ground and oversized multi-colored paisley motifs, facing in opposite directions in each off-set row.
Why is this in our collection?
Massive Paisley is a wildly oversized, contemporary interpretation of the traditional paisley pattern, a tear drop shape usually filled with a profusion of tiny flowers. The paisley, or boteh, can be traced back to ancient Babylon, where a tear-drop shape was used as a symbol to represent the growing shoot of a date palm. The palm provided food, drink, clothing (woven fibers) and shelter, and so became regarded as the ‘Tree of Life', with its growing shoot being gradually recognized as a fertility symbol. It was popularized in Europe through the Kashmir shawls which were in fashion between the mid-18th and mid-19th centuries; the term Paisley comes from the town in Scotland which was the largest producer... more
This object has been included in the following exhibitions:
- Curators Select: Recent Acquisitions, 2003-2008, Friday, September 12, 2008 - Friday, January 25, 2019