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Fragment

Fragment

  • Place of origin:

    India (made)
    Cairo (found)
    Gujarat (Probably, made)

  • Date:

    15th century (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Printed mordant and resist-dyed cotton

  • Museum number:

    IS.73-1972

  • Gallery location:

    South Asia, Room 41, case 15A

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.

Place of Origin

India (made)
Cairo (found)
Gujarat (Probably, made)

Date

15th century (made)

Materials and Techniques

Printed mordant and resist-dyed cotton

Dimensions

Length: 19.5 in, Width: 14 in, Length: 49.6 cm, Width: 35.6 cm

Descriptive line

Fragment of printed, mordant- and resist-dyed cotton, Gujarat (probably), found in Cairo, Egypt, c.15th century; Textiles

Labels and date

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]

Materials

Cotton (textile)

Techniques

Block printing; Mordant dyed; Resist dyeing

Categories

Textiles

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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