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Paisley pattern is becoming popular



Published: Fri, February 28, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



Reporter finds the paisley tie is very versatile.

KNIGHT RIDDER

An entire page in this month's GQ magazine was devoted to the paisley tie.

Terry Sullivan who was out to "investigate the return of the paisley tie," writes as if he were looking into a high-level corporate scandal. He says, paisley can be mixed with any other pattern as long as you can match a color in the print to a shirt or jacket. And the other good news, he says, is that you can spill almost any food on it, and you'll hardly notice. It's kind of a wear-with-all.

In the you-don't-know category, the amoeba in the print is called Boteh. But paisley was named for shawls woven by the Scotch who got it from Kashmir, where the fine goat hair was woven into fabric. To add a little intrigue, the goat hair was called "hair of the devil."

It was originally a floral sprig, but it wasn't for sissies. It ended up as dressing gowns for such people as Mick Jagger, David Bowie and, before that, Cary Grant.

So now go find a paisley tie, douse it with cocktail sauce and entertain people at a party with all you know about it.




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