Paisley Pattern Represents Fertility

picture:www.shopstyle.com I've always loved the paisley pattern, and come to find out, it is supposed to represent fertility. Is this all nonsense? Will you really become more fertile if you wear paisleys? I don't know, but if you think you will be more fertile, you probably will! This article explains the paisley-fertility connection:www.telegraph.co.ukFrom the article:"There are so many theories," explains Valerie. "Some people think the motif is a mango, others a Chinese dragon, others half of the yin-yang symbol. We prefer the idea that it represents the growing shoot of the date palm, which was a "Tree of Life" in that region of the world, important for food, shade and building materials. Gradually the symbol came to represent growth and fertility."Well there can't be any argument about that. As I peered at the mannequins in the glass cabinets, their dress morphing with the fashions from the 18th to the 20th century, I was struck by the sensuality of the motif. It makes you think of germinating seeds, fecund wombs and wriggling spermatozoa. It encapsulates every Western stereotype about the erotic East. And yet it writhes sexily across the blue-and-white "kirking shawls" once worn by respectable Scottish ladies to weddings and christenings.

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