We all know the motif, that cone-shaped curvy form which is so pleasant to look at and feels so peaceful. The eye is taken from the side to the top and down again, all with a feeling of balance. It is so well-known that it is generally accepted as just being one of those patterns that have always been there.
But does anyone ever think about its origins, and why it is so popular all over the world? If they do, they would soon find out that there is more to this ‘simple’ motif than meets the eye.
This TRC Leiden exhibition explores the history of the paisley motif, its ancient origins and its development to the present day. It also looks at how it is currently used for a wide variety of textiles and garments all over the globe.