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Stories behind the patterns - Paisley


LennyLamb Paisley has become a part of The State Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw collection. The donation is a part of LennyLamb cooperation with the museum: we also have taken part in a film project about babywearing “Pattern for the baby”.

Why did ethnographers choose the paisley pattern? The museum has a few dozen of Jacquard shawls and scarfs with the pattern which was called, depending on a region, botah, gajor, Turkish cucumber or palme. The pattern was popular in the form of a Kashmir shawl and was imitated locally.

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At the end of the nineteenth century, with the development of Jacquard looms, the pattern gained popularity also in the countryside as a desirable but expensive element of clothing. The paisley shawls occurred in different regions of Poland - Podhale (Tatra Mountains), Silesia and Greater Poland. Originally all paisley shawls and scarves were made out of cashmere wool. Later there were also cheaper versions made of those shawls - from wool (sheep), often blended with silk or cotton. In some regions of Poland (Kashubia and Kujawy), when a young girl couldn’t afford to buy it for herself, she would share the cost with other girls and they share the shawl.

The design is called paisley after a town in Scotland Paisley where it was manufactured. Queen Victoria was so enchanted by the pattern that she ennobled the owner of the manufacture!

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Our Paisley baby wraps, carriers and accessories are available in all cotton in three colors. It’s truly amazing that you can carry your baby in a beautiful baby wrap or carrier with such a long tradition!

We would like to thank Klara Sielicka-Baryłka from The State Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw for helping us in creating this post!

Enjoy watching a trailer of the “Pattern for a baby” film! It’s mostly in Polish but some parts are in German and English! We can’t wait to see the whole film!

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