As PaisleyTunes celebrates it’s second year afloat in the great sea-net, we amazed to reflect on the community of readers we’ve built. Today, we’re happy to announce the unveiling of our True intent. The exploration of Fabric and design.
PaisleyTunes, was started as an opportunity for us to write about our love for the weaves and artful coloring within each thread. Imagine, with 220,320 inches of thread, how many nuanced modifications you could make to your average pair of jeans. Micro-paisley could dance across your fly, while polka-plaid could barber-pole each leg. In 3240 square inches of fabric are an infinite number of possibilities, and a lifetime of study.
Polka dots, originated in persia as a weapon against the invading Normans. The dots, often colored with the blood of the defeated, made the invading armies believe their opponents had already been injured and subdued. Combined with the artful ‘skip-advance,’ the Persian armies were able to swiftly defeat each battalion sent. Across Europe, they were known as tireless warriors who could fight and dance longer than the polka gypsies of the hills. It did not take long for the shops of London and Paris and their wealthy customers to adopt this styling, the Polka-Dot.
Concurrently, as the bourgeoisie was learning to love the Polka-dot, The Scots were furiously fighting for their king-rock (not to be confused with The Jesus and Mary Chain). This eternal in-fighting caused a great deal of death and destruction across the country, where many strong soldiers laid to rest away from their homes. Soldiers were often taken care of by the community in which they were killed and covered not by their own shrouds, but by that of the provence in which they had died. These burials were confusing to many, since they were not soldiers of the provence, but actually enemies. These burials were posted as a “provincial laying to rest” so morning could be appropriately managed by the community at large. Overtime, this tradition became a way of burying any stranger, rambler, or drifter who had died in a community and the coroner would request the weaver for the provincial liad cloth, quickly shortened to plaid. As with all cloths, once available en mas, it become style. This time, among the youth and rebellious.
How does a Scottish shroud fashion get mixed up with the high-fashion of the French-Persian Bourgeoisie? As one may expect, it only takes the impassioned love of a young-peddler and his foreign love-affair.
As these to fashions were at their height, the French had begun sending delegates to the many corners of the earth, developing what is now well regarded as a national state department. It took no less than a year for the French delegate to Scotland’s daughter to find love and marry while abroad. Fortunately, the Delegate was an understanding father and respected the work and tenacity of the young peddler and his undying love for the young woman and conceded not only to the marriage, but to the informality of a new family fabric, a blending of the designs in which the marriage was made, and so became Polka-Plaid – the design of an international union and symbol of global peace.