Any traditional national pattern may be tricky to incorporate into a work outfit. One of the nicest pattern of Indian/Persian origin in my opinion is paisley. Paisley is often also called “Persian Pickles.” Its a droplet-shaped vegetable motif is very interesting as it seems to repeat the pattern in itself over and over again like the Mandelbrot set.
The Mandelbrot set images rely on sampling complex numbers. The complex quadratic polynomial z(n+1)=z(n)*z(n)+c is iterated. Here c is a complex number of the Mandelbrot set if, when starting with z(0)=0 and repeating the iteration n+1 times the absolute value of z(n) stays bounded even if n gets large. For instance, for c=2 you get 0, 2, 6, 38, 1446, 2090918, etc. which runs to infinity, i.e. is not bounded and does not deliver a Mandelbrot image. If you take c=-1 you get 0, -1, 0, -1, etc., i.e. a Mandelbrot image. These Mandelbrot images display elaborated boundaries that show progressively smaller and smaller repeating detail as one zooms in. The “style” of the repeated detail depends on where you look like with paisley to a certain degree.
The British really showed how to integrate them into the western culture with their paisley ties or vests. I integrate a paisley cardigan into a semi-casual work outfit by adding a black straight skirt and a silk short sleeve knit silk top. Recall it is sort of chilly on gray days in Fairbanks summer. Temperatures then remain in the lower 60s (15.5-17oC).
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Photos by G. Kramm
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