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Aztec Pattern

How to use AZTEC patterns

  • Fashion: For a modern, boho-chic look, an Aztec patterned piece will be part the timeless collections that aren’t easily forgotten. Be it applied to clothes or on shoes, jewelry or bags as a simple touch. The rule: your outfit should only have one patterned piece at a time and the rest of your look should be kept sober. So, it is quite possible to look elegant with an Aztec pattern.
  • Home: If you don’t like having too much colour in your house, but you are looking to add a warm touch to your interior decor, why not use cushions with aztec designs? But the rule is the same as for fashion. If you want to bring ethno chic to the interior without altering its modern outlook, you have to pay attention to the other elements of the decor and favor the minimalist style.

Fun facts

The designs of the Aztecs were often circular or rectangular, often making use of recurring geometric symbols. The vast majority of Aztec graphics represent deities, animals or religious symbols.

A good example is Aztec pottery often known for its geometric shapes.  Often these were intricately drawn, with repeating patterns.  But as time went on, artisans began to use more naturalistic patterns and figures like that of animals or plants began to be used.

Following the fall of the Aztec Empire the production of indigenous art went into decline. However, some Aztec designs lived on in the work of local artists employed by Augustinian friars to decorate their new churches during the 16th century CE.

Chevron Pattern

Also called zig zag, the debate is still open whether the chevron pattern is a spin off of the herringbone pattern or vice versa. Whatever the case, these ubiquitous zig-zags have roots that date back to 1800 BC and are still very popular centuries later!

How to use CHEVRON patterns

  • Fashion: Zigzag mixes well with stripes. They are after all a sort of stripe that can form a line vertically or horizontally. Use horizontal zigzags in order to give more volume to a silhouette. A perfect trick for women with small breats for example. So to be avoided on areas of the body that are voluminous.
  • Home: When used on classic parquet floor, the zigzag pattern (also called Hungarian Point parquet) adds a certain elegance to the interior of a house. Depending on the orientation and exposure, this Zigzag decor presents different effects and shades that give the room extra character. This is the reason why great attention must be paid to the direction of the pose.

Fun Facts

The use of the word Chevron first appears in the late 14th century. The origin is French (and Latin) and it is derived from the resemblance of the pattern to building rafters.

The use of the Chevron in design is seen in Greece in the 1800’s on ceramics, pottery and rock carving. The repeating carved molding in Byzantine architecture, also referred to in ancient text as a fret, is synonymous with the Chevron. The Art Deco movement and the emphasis on symmetry that it brought launched the chevron to the forefront, and now, it is a foundation for fashion in textile designing.

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