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  • Place of origin:

    Coromandel Coast (fabric, made)
    Great Britain (waistcoat, made)

  • Date:

    1770-1775 (made)
    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton, mordant-dyed and resist-dyed; lined with linen

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    South Asia, Room 41, case 13

Physical description

Waistcoat of painted and dyed cotton (chintz). White ground, with an allover repeating pattern of delicate scrolling stems bearing a variety of flowers, fruit and foliage, with butterflies. Flowerheads composed of very spiky rosettes. The colours of the design are reds, pink, violet, and two shades of blue. No yellow surviving. The waistcoat is fairly long, simple-breasted, with three pockets. It is lined with white linen having a woven pattern of delicate pink and blue cross-stripes, creating the effect of a violet openwork chequer pattern.

Place of Origin

Coromandel Coast (fabric, made)
Great Britain (waistcoat, made)


1770-1775 (made)
19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Cotton, mordant-dyed and resist-dyed; lined with linen


Height: 86 cm, Width: 117.5 cm

Object history note

When acquired, the waistcoat was accompanied by another, of identical material and lining fabric, but cut in a short style. (This one was passed onto the Calico Museum).

Purchased. Registered File number 1976/1287.

Descriptive line

Waistcoat, cotton, mordant-dyed and resist-dyed (chintz); fabric made in Coromandel Coast, South-east India, 1770-1775; waistcoat made in Great Britain, 19th century.

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

Crill, Rosemary. Chintz : Indian textiles for the West London: V&A Publishing, 2008, Cat. No. 77, p. 31, illus. p. 127.
Crill, Rosemary, Chintz: Indian Textiles for the West, London, 2008.

Labels and date

painted and dyed cotton
Coromandel Coast, South-east India, for the English market
The fabric c. 1750-75; made up as a waistcoat in the 19th century
IS 20-1976 [13/10/1992-17/01/2003]

Production Note

Fabric made in 1770-1775. Waistcoat made in 19th century.


Cotton; Linen


Resist dyed; Painted; Lining

Subjects depicted

Foliage; Flowers


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South & South East Asia Collection

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