The ‘mangaai’ or 'mango motif' is one of the most popular and enduring motifs in traditional Indian design.
The paisley, known as kairi in India, has become such a popular weaving or printing motif even in Britain that a whole town named 'paisley' was founded in Scotland for the weaving of shawls inspired by India and demonstrated to expert British weavers by artisans taken from the flower laden valley of Kashmir.
Butta, also known as a Persian design is an almond shaped motif with a sharp-curved upper end. It is an important motif found in a wide range of Indian textiles. One of the other manifestations of the mango is the color, best described in vernacular as ‘mambazha' color - a luscious, auspicious orange/yellow that best represents this king of fruits. Rural Indians calls the motif as aam or mango and is considered as a symbol of fertility. The mango motif woven on Kashmiri shawls were initially called as Paisley, which are famous even till today. They are widely used in different Indian embroidery styles and are also found in Kancheepuram silk sarees.
From tiny mangoes strung along the saree border to medium mango buttas on the body and even large mango patterns on the pallu - the mango motif is used in myriad ways. The design has also been mentioned as the "carrey (kary)" design which is translated to mean mango seed. The mango design has spread to the world as a unique pattern that celebrates the colonial romance with India. In Tamil, the pattern is called "mankolam" meaning mango pattern.
Pothys presents a rare combination of colors by adding the mango motifs that brings out a royal look. The mango motif is beautifully placed on the border of the saree that draws all the women's attention. To takehome this remarkable piece, come visit Pothys Online store.