Even though we most commonly think of the paisley stencil as a product of the 1960’s it is in fact a droplet-shaped vegetable motif of Indian and Persian origin that has been used in many cultures for centuries.
Resembling a teardrop with a twisted tip, the kidney-shaped paisley is originally and Iranian and Indian Design. However, its western name derives from the town of Paisley, in central Scotland.
The Paisley was particularly popular during the Summer of Love in the 1960’s and heavily identified with the psychedelic style which was mainly influenced by the interest in Indian spirituality and culture brought about by the pilgrimage of The Beatles to India in 1968. John Lennon had his Rolls Royce painted with the Paisley design in 1967.
Even Fender Guitars honored this design by making a Pink Paisley version of their Telecaster guitar, sticking paisley wallpaper onto the guitar bodies.
The recording artist formerly known as Prince paid tribute to the Rock and Roll history of the Paisley when he founded the Paisley Park Records Recording Label and established Paisley Park Studios, both named after his 1985 song “Paisley Park”.
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Graffiti Art Stencils
Palm Tree Wall Stencils
Free Printable Stencils
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Skull and Crossbones Stencil
Teddy Bear Stencil
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