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Textile

Textile

  • Place of origin:

    Deccan (made)

  • Date:

    mid 17th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton, drawn and painted resist and mordants, dyed

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Professor K.de B. Codrington

  • Museum number:

    Circ.344&A-1932

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The repeating design on this elegant fragment of cotton cloth was produced by the same techniques (hand-drawn outline with resist-dyed and mordant-dyed colours) used for the chintzes made on the Coromandel Coast of South-East India and exported to Europe from the 17th-century onwards. This piece, however, was made for local use, probably at the court of Golconda or one of the other Deccani sultanates. Fabrics such as this could have been used for garments or furnishings, and a large section of a floorspread survives (in the Philadelphia Museum of Art) which uses this fabric as its outer border. The Philadelphia piece is significant because it bears ink stock-taking inscriptions on its reverse which state that the floorspread was in use by 1689, and this date can be used as a guide to dating this fragment too from that period .

Physical description

Rectangular fragment of cotton cloth. Undyed ground with a repeating design of rows of staggered flowring plants in red, green, yellow and aubergine. The design is hand-drawn and resist- and mordant-dyed.

Place of Origin

Deccan (made)

Date

mid 17th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Cotton, drawn and painted resist and mordants, dyed

Dimensions

Length: 40 cm, Width: 30 cm

Object history note

Given by K de B Codrington, former Keeper of the Indian Department at the V&A.

Descriptive line

Fragment from a floorspead, cotton, stencilled, painted and dyed, South-East India, mid 17th century.

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

Guy, J., and Swallow, D., (eds). ‘Arts of India: 1550-1900’. London : Victoria and Albert Museum, 1990. ISBN 1851770224.p.121, pl.99.
Murphy Veronica, in The Indian Heritage. Court Life and Arts under Mughal Rule, V&A, 1982, cat. 227, p. 89. ISBN 0906969263.

Labels and date

FRAGMENT FROM A FLOORSPREAD; Cotton, stencilled, painted and dyed, Deccan, probably Golconda, mid 17th century.

FRAGMENT FROM
A FLOORSPREAD
Cotton, stencilled, painted and dyed
South-East India
Mid 17th century

Circ.344:A-1932
Given by Prof. K. de B. Codrington [27/9/2013]
FRAGMENT FROM
A FLOORSPREAD
Cotton, stencilled, painted and dyed
South-East India
Mid 17th century

Circ.344:A-1932
Given by Prof. K. de B. Codrington []

Production Note

Probably made on the Coromandel Coast (perhaps at Petaboli) for use at the Golconda or other Deccani courts. A floorspread using the same fabric is inscribed with the date 1689.

Categories

Textiles

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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