Boteh بته Jehgeh

Paisley buta in cotton dupatta
Spoken for
Bohteh Jehgeh means ancient motif, popularly known as Paisley.

It is believed to be of Persian origin, that flourished with indian mastery in craftsmanship when they got included in textiles from Kashmir.

However, no one really refers to this motif with its ancient name, and is popularly known as Paisley.

Do you know the name Paisley comes from a town in Scotland called Paisley, that became popular during colonial times, for duplicating Kashmiri textiles that carried this teardrop motif?

In Punjab, we grew up calling it ambi, name for raw mango.

There is also a theory that these raw mango shaped motifs represent Zoroastrian symbol of life and eternity, simultaneously equating it to strength and longevity.

It is also often compared to bent Cedar tree. Strong, but flexible. A symbol of humility.

When a motifs survives many centuries and becomes part of many diverse traditional crafts, it carries with itself theories and myths that do not need any other validation beyond the fact that they have survived the test of time. Their aesthetic is pleasant, timeless and ageless.

Buyer Empowerments

Cotton fabrics bound together into patchwork.
One of a kind wearable textile that highlights the colours of Boteh Jehgeh in prints contrasting with plain solids.
Weather/ Mood
Pleasant- perfect for summers
Not fragile
Dry Clean only; Needs “Airing” in shadow, not direct sun
Ready to wear
Mill spun cotton yarn. Source of dye unknown to the artisan.
Fabric Upcycling
Casual, fun, light-hearted, modern
Stitched by Gurmel Singh, Jalalabad, Punjab.
Beadwork: Param, Bathinda, Punja.
Imperfections in the weaves reflect handmade
Irregularity in the dyes reflect natural process
Innocent spots in the textiles reflect being homemade
A work of nature cannot be sterile and error-free
A choice to still buy what we make is a step
Towards supporting original culture
Of people
Of nature
Of craft

A celebration of humanness.
Mora Collective 2024
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