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From Buteh to Paisley: The Story of a Global Icon with textile expert, Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood

Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood, joined us from Leiden, Netherlands to discuss the global history of paisley pattern. In this virtual lecture, she examined textiles and garments from Africa, Europe, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, and Russia. She also showed printed textiles that reflect the development of paisley in the West in the 20th century. Paisley is a non-geometric design found throughout the world, used and enjoyed by men, women, and children of different national and cultural backgrounds. The motif decorates a wide range of garments, from stockings, ties and blouses, to skirts, trousers, bikinis, and beach hats. Its aficionados are as diverse as the design variations: Hell’s Angel bikers, gang members, respectable London bankers, and grandmas who knit socks can all be spotted in paisley-adorned attire.

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