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  • Place of origin:

    Coromandel Coast (Possibly , made)

  • Date:

    18th century (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Block-printed mordant and resist dyed cotton

  • Credit Line:

    Given by G. P. Baker

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    South Asia, Room 41, case 2

Physical description

Child-sized patka (waist sash) of chintz. Plain undyed field with a small panel at each end filled with four rose sprigs in red and green. Side borders run along the entire length of the textile. One side border is filled with a meandering floral stem of fantastical red blossoms on a green background. The other side border contains a meandering floral stem of yellow blossoms on an undyed background.

Place of Origin

Coromandel Coast (Possibly , made)


18th century (made)

Materials and Techniques

Block-printed mordant and resist dyed cotton

Marks and inscriptions

Stamped with inventory seals from the court of the Nizams of Hyderabad.


Length: 96 in, Width: 10.75

Object history note

Formerly in the collection of the Nizams of Hyderabad

Descriptive line

Child's patka (waist sash), cotton block-printed, mordant- and resist-dyed, Mughal empire or Deccan, 18th century; Textiles; Clothing; Accessories

Labels and date

Cotton, block-printed, mordant- and resist-dyed
Mughal empire or Deccan
18th century
Given by G.P. Baker

This child-sized patka or waist sash is 2.5 metres long. Its two matching decorative ends were designed to hang down the front of the body. The length, width, drape and decoration of patkas changed over time, but the Mughal motif of a single row of flowering stems at each end was popular from the 17th century onwards. [01/08/2017]


Cotton (textile)


Block printing; Mordant dyed; Resist dyeing


Textiles; Clothing; Accessories


South & South East Asia Collection

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