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  • Place of origin:

    Coromandel Coast (probably, made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand-painted and resist-dyed cotton

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Palampore of hand-painted and resist-dyed cotton (chintz). A somewhat stereotyped example of Kalamkari work, of the type usually called madras palampores. They were intended as coverlets, hangings, or prayer mats. The different sections of the pattern are defined by a series of rectangles. The main field pattern contained within the longest and central rectangle, is dominated by a central cusped medallion with a quarter of the medallion repeated in each corner. Above and below the central medallion, on the edge of two opposite ends of the central rectangle is a small 'rockery' consisting of three cones. From each rockery stems a pair of delicate flowering and foliated branches, with very slender leaves, but exaggeratedly large flowerheads. This tracery is arranged so as to cover the whole of the ground in the rectangle, leaving no large spaces of white between the pattern. On each rockery is a pair of confronted parrots. The remainder of the cloth is accompanied by a series of borders, narrow and broad, some containing a scrolling stem design, with stylised flowerheads in the loops, and others with a run of mihrabs framing a run of cusped cones, connected by a running looped stem at their bases. The principle and longest border at either end of the cloth, consists of a larger version of the mihrab or arcade design, framing a row of stylised cone-shaped flowering trees growing from vases. These trees alternate with a series of cones. Sewn onto the outside of the cloth is a printed cotton with a repeating pattern of Kashmir shawl style cones or butis.
Colour: Palampore has white ground and multi-coloured design. Printed cotton around the edges has a blue ground, with cones in white, pink, blue, green and yellow.

Place of Origin

Coromandel Coast (probably, made)


19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Hand-painted and resist-dyed cotton


Width: 1900 mm Top edge, Width: 1825 mm Bottom edge, Length: 2703 mm Proper right, Length: 2700 mm Proper left, Weight: 14 kg Weighed on roller

Object history note

Purchased. Registered File number 1976/1287.

Historical context note

The Lucknow school of Kalamkari workers also produced work of this kind in the 19th century.

Descriptive line

Palampore, hand-painted and resist-dyed cotton (chintz), probably Coromandel Coast, South-east India, 19th century


Cotton (textile)


Woven; Painted; Resist dyeing

Subjects depicted

Floral patterns; Interlace; Mihrabs; Trees




South & South East Asia Collection

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