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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
South Asia, Room 41

Fragment

15th century (made)
Place Of Origin

Textile fragment of printed mordant and resist-dyed cotton. The pattern consists of geometrical shapes, each filled with a variety of smaller patterns including trefoils. Colours are in red and white on indigo blue ground.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Printed mordant and resist-dyed cotton
Brief Description
Fragment of printed, mordant- and resist-dyed cotton, Gujarat (probably), found in Cairo, Egypt, c.15th century; Textiles
Physical Description
Textile fragment of printed mordant and resist-dyed cotton. The pattern consists of geometrical shapes, each filled with a variety of smaller patterns including trefoils. Colours are in red and white on indigo blue ground.
Dimensions
  • Length: 19.5in
  • Width: 14in
  • Length: 49.6cm
  • Width: 35.6cm
Gallery Label
TEXTILE FRAGMENT Cotton, block-printed mordant and resist-dyed Gujarat c. 15th century This block-printed cotton fragment is one of thousands discovered in sites around Egypt. They were made in Gujarat and exported abroad. Carbon dating has shown some to be over 900 years old. Similarly patterned Gujarati block-printed textiles have been discovered in Indonesia, dating to the 14th century. This shows the wide reach of medieval trade in Indian textiles.(01/08/2017)
Collection
Accession Number
IS.73-1972

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record createdJune 25, 2009
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