material world

Until the mid 17th Century France imported printed calico from South Asia, known quite literally as Les Indiennes. Many of the fabric prints that we think of as traditionally French, from regions like Provence, are of South Asian and Persian origin. Paisley gets its name in English from the Scottish town that produced most of this printed fabric in the early 19th Century. Other words for paisley include: boteh jegheh (Persian); palme (French); mankolam (Tamil); Persian pickles (USA); Welsh pears (Welsh). The Argyle pattern is the tartan of ClanRead more