Length of Cotton

ca. 1954-ca. 1974 (made)
Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Resist-dyed plain weave cotton
Brief Description
Strip of cotton, indigo dyed plain weave cotton, possibly Guizhou, China, ca.1954-1974
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.
Dimensions
  • Length: 147cm
  • Width: 44cm
Gallery Label
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.
Credit line
Addis Bequest
Object history
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.
Subject depicted
Bibliographic Reference
Wilson, Verity, Chinese Textiles, London: V&A Publications, 2005, page 94, fig.107
Collection
Accession Number
FE.97-1983

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record createdFebruary 12, 2000
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