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Paisley is a swirling, flowing, feminine pattern and has been a part of my life as long as I can remember. My earliest memories are seeing gold paisleys on my mother’s vibrant saris, my palms covered with trailing paisleys in henna and marble floors decorated with beautiful paisley patterns filled with flower petals for festive occasions.
A forever timeless pattern, paisley is popularly known as the ‘manga or kairi’ design in South Asia, a stylized illustration of the delicious mango fruit. It has been popular for centuries in fabrics, jewelry, pottery, temple carvings and in everyday life. It was also a favorite design for girls to doodle in their notebooks when the teacher droned on! I have done plenty of that and I am sure kids do that even to this day except they use their laptops instead of paper!
Ever since I started experimenting with a combination of stitches, my goal was to create a beaded paisley. After a few attempts, I succeeded and the result is Paisley Parade Necklace. Needless to say, this is one of my favorite necklaces. Paisley Parade Necklace has dimensional paisleys and petals alternating and gracefully arranged together. There is a lot of intricate detail and the necklace adds just a touch of the exotic to your wardrobe.
The pattern is appearing in Beadwork Magazine June 2013 issue and I hope you like it. I will be offering kits in several flattering colors soon.