Paisley is a classic ethnic print
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.” It’s a droplet-shaped vegetable motif which is very interesting. It seems to repeat the pattern in itself over and over again like the Mandelbrot set.
What’s a Mandelbrot pattern?
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 introduced paisley into European fashion
The British really show how to integrate them into the western culture with their paisley ties or vests. The print works well with solid colors, but also with plaid, Prince of Wales check or stripes.
I integrate my paisley cardigan into a semi-casual work outfit by adding a dark blue denim 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). Thus, all you can do is to try to create a summery look to stay warm.
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Photos by G. Kramm
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