Fashionable woman dating back to around 1850.
That stylized botanical form we might call a paisley shape is borrowed from India's imagery. The technical name: Boteh from the Hindi word for flower. Paisley refers to an industrial town in Scotland where factory-woven copies of paisley shawls created an affordable fashion fad.
Antique quilt block with a paisley-style print in madder-dyed
shades of orange, red, and dark brown. Circa year 1870.
Inexpensive cotton prints brought a bit of eastern design to western bedding. During the 1860s and '70s, paisleys in madder-style colors (warm, reddish-browns) were particularly fashionable for ladies' robes and quilts for the up-to-date boudoir.
The Beckwith collection includes several prints to add that authentic, cinnamon orange that was found in old, natural dyes, to your vintage-inspired project!
Labels: Andover Fabrics, Barbara Brackman, Flashback Friday, Kathy Hall, moda, Moda Fabric