Paisley: A Princely Pattern | Exhibition | Museum of Islamic Art | Jerusalem, Israel

The exhibition displays the evolution of the centuries-old paisley motif that began in Persia as a symbol of nobility adorned by kings and princes, was later adopted by European royalty, and spread across the globe, becoming one of the most iconic and beloved patterns and a symbol of pop culture. The exhibition displays an extensive collection of Persian and Kashmiri shawls together with Judaica, as it evolved in the Jewish communities of the Islamic world. Specially highlighted is the bandana, which first emerged as an Indian kerchief to later become an American icon.

Copy ©Museum of Islamic Art Jerusalem. Image: paisley bandana ©Fashion and Textile Archives/Shai Ben Efraim