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Skirt cloth

Skirt cloth

  • Place of origin:

    Coromandel Coast (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Mordant-dyed, drawn resist-dyed and painted cotton

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This fragment of skirt-cloth (Thai: ‘pha nung’) is a fine example of Indian painted cotton made for export to the Thai court. Several different techniques were used in its production. It has been mordant-dyed (a technique that involves using a metallic salt to create permanent colours from natural dyes). The pattern was created using a drawn resist to prevent certain areas absorbing the dye. The painted gold embellishment was probably added at royal workshops in Thailand.

Physical description

Skirt-cloth (pha nung) of cotton, mordant-dyed, drawn resist-dyed and painted with gold. Gold and red on a red ground. The cloth has been cut down.

Place of Origin

Coromandel Coast (made)


19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Mordant-dyed, drawn resist-dyed and painted cotton


Width: 33.5 cm, Length: 70 cm

Descriptive line

Skirt-cloth (pha nung) of painted and dyed cotton, Coromandel Coast, 19th century

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

p. 128, pl. 166
Guy, J. "Woven Cargoes. Indian Textiles in the East", London, 1998

Production Note

Made for the Thai market




Mordant; Resist; Painted

Subjects depicted

Design Elements


Textiles; Clothing


South & South East Asia Collection

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