The leaves are falling, the air is chilling, and my Anchal textiles are getting more use than ever! As fall settles in, I have been rocking my Anchal scarf during the day and cuddling with my quilt at night. With their ever-increasing use, the intricate patterns of these textiles have really begun to spark my interest. For example, where did this alternating paisley on my quilt get its start? Why are lotuses stitched onto so many Anchal pillows? And just what does this winding vine pattern on my scarf really mean? Consequently, I hit the history books to find out what a few of these symbols mean and here is what I found:
If your Anchal product has a Lotus, or Kamal, symbol, it represents power and wealth.
The Lotus, or Kamal, is a complex symbol that came from both Buddhist and Hindu religions. Pantheons of these religions rested on lotus-shaped structures, which represented their spiritual power and authority. It also symbolized the material world, the multiplicity of the universe, prosperity, and material wealth.
If your Anchal product has Jasmine on it, then it symbolizes purity and holiness.
Jasmine, a six-petaled flower, originally appeared on pottery remains from the Indus Valley. Many girls who weren’t married used the motif to represent their virtuous nature. These flowers eventually became a very popular decorative element in Islamic India.
If your Anchal product has the Buti symbol, it represents exclusivity.
Buti, which is floating shapes of flowers, sprigs, or bushes against a plain background, first appeared in North and East Indian sculpture. These elements in clothing suggested unique block-printing and dyeing techniques. While the motif has been indigenous to North India, it was adapted for expensive fabrics worn by Muslim elites, as well.
If your Anchal product has Paisley on it, it signifies life and eternity.
Paisley, a droplet shape, is only about 250 years old but has become an extremely popular motif in Indian textiles during that time. It evolved from 17th century tree-of-life designs that were created on expensive tapestry woven for Mughal textiles. Early designs depicted single plants with large flowers and thin wavy stems, small leaves and roots. As the designs became denser over time, more flowers and leaves were compacted within the shape.