We’ve all seen a mango, and we’ve all seen the paisley pattern on handbags, bedding, and more. But did you know that the paisley pattern is based on the shape of a mango? That’s right! The mango’s round shape with a tapered end inspired the pattern in India centuries ago.
In some Indian languages, the name of the pattern is even called mango. In Pakistan, paisley is called a “carrey” design, which means mango seed, and in Punjabi, it’s called an “ambi,” which is derived from the word “amb” meaning mango.
The next time you grab your paisley-printed bag or tie a bandana around your neck, don’t forget about the mango that inspired your colorful garment.