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  • Place of origin:

    Coromandel Coast (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1775-1780 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted and dyed cotton chintz, lined with wool

  • Credit Line:

    Given by G. P. Baker

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This cape has been made from chintz dress material for use in Friesland, where it would have been worn indoors or in bed. The blue-and-white design is unusual but may be influenced by printed textiles from Alsace in the fourth quarter of the 18th century.

Physical description

Circular cape of painted and dyed cotton chintz. With a design in a half drop repeat of blue flowers and fruiting branches meandering from a cluster of blue flowerhead and foliage on a white ground. With two armholes. Lined with Dutch woollen fabric. With a narrow neckband with a hook at the throat.

Place of Origin

Coromandel Coast (made)


ca. 1775-1780 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted and dyed cotton chintz, lined with wool


Length: 63 cm collar to hem, Length: 13 in repeat, Length: 33 cm repeat, Width: 8.25 in repeat, Width: 21 cm repeat

Descriptive line

Cape of painted and dyed cotton chintz, Coromandel Coast, ca. 1775-1780

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Plate 60, p. 107
Crill, Rosemary, Chintz: Indian Textiles for the West, London, 2008.
p. 122, cat. no. 160, pl. 141
Irwin, John and Katherine Brett, Origins of Chintz, London, 1970. With a catalogue of Indo-European cotton-paintings in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, and the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto. ISBN 112900534.

Production Note

Made on the Coromandel Coast for export to Europe; worn in Friesland, Netherlands.

Subjects depicted

Floral pattern


Clothing; Textiles; Accessories


South & South East Asia Collection

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