Boteh بته Jehgeh
Paisley buta in cotton dupatta
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.