Paisley aka Mango design is a pattern that brings contrasting emotions in different people. Some people absolutely love the paisley flower motifs and try to incorporate them in some form or the other in their designing. Some just hate the paisley pattern and avoid it. At one point I belonged to the second category and thought that the paisley looks too traditional and old fashioned. But not so much now. I have jumped camp to the category of those who love it . And what is not to love about this absolutely charming motif.
The paisley print has the beautiful shape of a tear drop.It is quintessentially an Asian print with Middle eastern origin.This Buta or the motif is said to be auspicious; it is said to represent fertility as well as immortality. This is an often seen design in the trousseau of an Indian Bride. Cashmere shawls, Kancheevaram sarees, carpets, beautiful tunics, bandanas, paisley shaped jewellery, silk ties – you can see this print everywhere.
Sometime back I used to think Paisley was a vegetable. Now I know that the name Paisley has nothing to do with its vegetable shape or its design. Paisley is a Scottish town where this design became famous. Mango design is an oft called name for this design in India. Some say it resembles the seed of the mango. I can see the resemblence to a small unripened mango to me. Some see similarities between this motif and a cotton bud. Yes,to all this when you think about it.But I think it also resembles a twisted bittergourd or a curled up cucumber when I start drawing it
The classic motif of paisley print is very versatile. You can interpret it in many ways. You can adopt the curly curvy twists of the paisley print in many ways – make it ornate or simple and modern , make it in a single colour or very colourful and festive, make it short and fat or as elongated as you want it, twists its branches or in simple straight lines. Whatever you do with the paisley design or the Mango design it is amenable to it. You are the designer
- How to draw Paisley / Mango design
- 10 ways to do Paisley motif embroidery.
- Paisley with running stitches filling the design
- Use the Mango print with mirrors
- Paisley pattern worked in Herringbone stitch
- Mango / paisley design with back stitches
- Mango designs in beads / sequins work
- Paisley design done in Chain stitch
- Paisley design done with lazy daisy decorations
- Paisley work done like Mehandi design
- 11. Drawn thread work
How to draw Paisley / Mango design
Actually it is very easy to draw a basic paisley shape. You just need to draw two circles , small one on top of the big one with a small distance between them.
Once you have made the design in the way you want incorporating all the intricacies or lack of it on it, you can trace it on to the fabric and embellish it – I have outlined 10 ways to decorate the paisley motif. There are countless other ways, ofcourse
10 ways to do Paisley motif embroidery.
Paisley with running stitches filling the design
Use the Mango print with mirrors
- Pasiley pattern done with drawn thread embroidery
Mango work can be done with cutwork inside or drawn thread work. This work can be done on shawls and sari borders and bed spreads. The Mango shape can be filled the way the drawn thread work is done in chikankari work.I have done it the way BorderieAnglaise is done – Cut the space and then filled the outline with small overcast stitches. The thread bars across is also overcast.
Paisley pattern worked in Herringbone stitch
Mango / paisley design with back stitches
- Paisley print done in couching stitch
Couching work done on the outlines of the mango design will give a texture to your design. I love the 3 D effect couching gives to embroidery.
Mango designs in beads / sequins work
You can work the Paisley design entirely in bead embroidery and sequins work. Using the same coloured thread as the sequins will bring a more cohesive look as opposed to the standout look when used with contrasting thread.
Paisley design done in Chain stitch
You will have to use the full 6 strands of the embroidery thread to do this work so that the motif is fully filled with the chain stitches.
Paisley design done with lazy daisy decorations
Lazy daisy stitch can be used on the periphery of the motif for a very ornate effect. Infact this can be done with the small motifs of chikankari called phanda as well.Infact phanda makes a filled petal shape which is very attractive all around the mango shape.
Paisley work done like Mehandi design
Mehandi patterns almost always incorporate Paisley motifs. If you checkout some sources of mehandi designs you will get a lot of inspiration for your embroidery work. The paisley flower designs can be worked with outline stitches like the outline stitch, stem stitch etc.
11. Drawn thread work
You can fill the paisley design with pulled thread work or drawn thread work as done in chikankari embroidery for a different look. Checkout the tutorial for drawn thread work for more details
Another great way to work the paisley is using the zardosi embroidery work with metallic bullion thread