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Length of cotton

Length of cotton

  • Place of origin:

    Guizhou (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1954-ca. 1974 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Resist-dyed plain weave cotton

  • Credit Line:

    Addis Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Strip of cotton with a selvedge along one edge, stencil resisted with floral motifs in white against a blue ground. The pattern appears on both sides of the cloth. The resisting substance is likely to have been bean paste as used by Han people living in southwestern China.

Place of Origin

Guizhou (possibly, made)


ca. 1954-ca. 1974 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Resist-dyed plain weave cotton


Length: 147 cm, Width: 44 cm

Object history note

These blue and white cotton pieces (FE.97 to O-1983) were loosely wrapped in paper from the Peking Arts and Crafts Shop and it may be that all of them were purchased there rather than in the areas of manufacture.

Registered File number 1965/3344.

Descriptive line

Strip of cotton, indigo dyed plain weave cotton, possibly Guizhou, China, ca.1954-1974

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

Wilson, Verity, Chinese Textiles, London: V&A Publications, 2005, page 94, fig.107

Labels and date

This length of cotton was decorated using stencils and a bean paste resist. Identical stencils must have been placed on the front and the back of the cloth as the design appears clearly on both sides. Traditionally, cotton with large-scale designs was used for quilt covers and door curtains. This piece, with its repeat pattern, would have been cut from a long bolt and sold by length. Older pieces were individually designed with several different border and background patterns. []


Cotton (textile); Indigo


Resist dyeing; Weaving

Subjects depicted

Floral patterns




East Asia Collection

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