This week’s feedsack Friday subject is Paisley prints. Paisley is a very old pattern, the “twisted teardrop” shape has been known since at least the 17th century in India and Persia. The western name, Paisley, comes from a town in Scotland where weavers and dyers adapted the pattern to the Victorian shawls that were made there.
Since that time paisley has never completely gone out of style, having peaked again in the hippie years, and making something of a resurgence again at present. The feedsack era was certainly no exception; there must be hundreds of paisley variations in feedsacks, from traditional interpretations to all sorts of combinations with other images, mostly floral.
Sometimes large paisley motifs dominate the design, other times they are small and just one element in an overall pattern.
Perhaps you remember paisley patterns on those ubiquitous red bandanas. Well, the red bandanas also made their way into feedsack design:
Sometimes the paisley pattern is composed completely of flowers:
I couldn’t resist these whimsical designs with paisley decorated bubbles:
As with other patterns we’ve shown, there seems to be no limit as regards color, scale or any other factor – here are just a few more samples from the huge variety of paisley feedsacks: