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Ornate Designs - Intricate Ethnic / Paisley Pattern Trend Report AW2021

by Astrid Kingerly

July 17, 2020 17:32 label 8 minutes read label Leave a comment

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A textile design starts with a thought on paper and finishes on printed fabric. All around the globe billions of meters of fabric is being created by a number of print houses. During the late medieval period, texture weaving was done physically on crude looms which were a moderate and relentless procedure and because of that, texture was considered as a desired product. Historically paisley pattern has been inspired by and utilized in parts of Asia and Persia. With ethnic influences this trend goes way back and is a part of the art movement of the historic times.

Inspired by architecture and monuments, the motifs seen on these ethnic designs replicate the patterns seen on the structures. The paisley print pattern was been developed during the Mughal rule and strong influence of those motifs are apparent in the print and pattern trend till this date. An originally perceived as a dainty pattern design, paisley print has evolved and created a modern identity for itself and yet retains its historic beauty.

The print sees its original influences and are modified to represent contemporary designs. The paisley pattern trend has adapted to new changes and is adorned a variety of apparels. This ethnic pattern trend has been utilized on shawls in Scotland and the same motifs are now used on a broader spectrum across the fashion industry.

With peppy colours this age- old design has created a new persona that will be widely seen in the coming season. Bright pastel hues to a psychedelic mixture of colours with a kaleidoscope view of the pattern will also be all the rage. Inspired by mandalas, the paisley prints have used colours in the similar manner with each element colored in a differed shade that is contrasting to each other highlighting each minute detailing.

It has also been noticed that this print pattern trend has been curated and amalgamated with different themes to create a fresh look. Some designers have also been seen to have utilized paisley pattern trends on parts of the garment that they want to lay emphasis on. This ethnic design complements the silhouettes used and creates a design that will surely stand out this season.

While the butah has been a prominent feature in the paisley pattern trend, this coming season minute detailing seen within this pattern will also be focused on. It creates a delicate yet surprisingly bold statement. The architectural influence is very prominent this season and has infused modernity with historic art. The ethnic design mimic even the motifs down to the t and even incorporates similar colour combinations as seen on the structures.

Several designers have been inspired by the detailing seen on structures that are picturesque and not necessarily found on prominent monuments. The creators are inspired by designs seen on doors, paisley artworks seen on tiles as well mosaic inspired themes and colours. This paisley pattern trend has encompassed a variety of themes and infused colours from every shade to create something strikingly different.

Ethnic designs have been adopted from its Kashmiri roots and brought to light in a unique way. The designers have created patterns that reminisce the historic roots and take the audience to a journey back in time. From dainty motifs to bolder prints this season has it all. Repeat pattern has been used extensively by some designers to create a busy look with intricate detailing.

Some designers have undertaken the concept of “go big or go home” literally while incorporating paisley patterns in the garments. Bold and big prints that dominate the attire have been placed strategically in one place with all the focus on the print pattern trend. The motif is larger than life and represents the ethnicity and famed themes and designs seen within the paisley pattern trend. The design can originate in one place and spread out across the garment or be printed all over as well.

From luxurious vibes to fun summer reminders, the paisley pattern trend has covered it all. Designers have played around with the size of the motifs, created repeats of the intricate detailing and have also paired the print pattern trend with other themes to create original artworks. The high-end luxury brands have managed to pair this ethic design with dresses, tops, swimwear and even jackets making this an extremely versatile trend.

About the author

Astrid Kingerly

Astrid Kingerly is a fashion designer at Ready Pattern. She curates surface design moodboards for upcoming seasons after researching on trends and forecasts. Do you have any design stories which you would like to showcase? Write to us.


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