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Ceremonial skirt cloth

Ceremonial skirt cloth

  • Place of origin:

    Coromandel Coast (made)

  • Date:

    late 18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted mordant-dyed, drawn resist-dyed and painted cotton

  • Museum number:

    IS.53-1991

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This cotton ceremonial skirt-cloth (Thai: ‘pha nung’) was made in India for export to south-east Asia. This example, with a design of celestial deities, was probably for use at court.

Cloths for the Thai market are among the finest Indian painted cottons produced for the Asian trade. The delicacy of drawing and quality of colour, which can be seen on this piece, are comparable to those seen on the best chintzes intended for Europe.

Physical description

Ceremonial skirt-cloth (pha nung) of cotton, painted mordant-dyed, drawn resist-dyed and painted red, gold and white.

Place of Origin

Coromandel Coast (made)

Date

late 18th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Painted mordant-dyed, drawn resist-dyed and painted cotton

Dimensions

Length: 114 cm, Width: 88 cm

Object history note

Thai market cloths are among the finest Indian painted cottons produced for the Asian trade, and are comparable in delicacy of drawing and quality of colour to the best chintzes intended for Europe

Descriptive line

Ceremonial skirt-cloth (pha nung) of dyed and painted cotton, Coromandel Coast, late 18th century

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

John Guy, Woven Cargoes. Indian Textiles in the East, Thames and Hudson, 1996, pl. 180.

Materials

Cotton

Techniques

Dyed; Drawn; Painted; Resist

Categories

Textiles; Clothing

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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