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Quilt

  • Place of origin:

    Coromandel Coast (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1700-1750 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton, mordant-dyed and resist-dyed; wadded with cotton and quilted; lined with plain white cotton

  • Museum number:

    IS.17-1976

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Quilted bed-covers of chintz fabric (Indian painted and dyed cotton) were very popular export items for both the British and Dutch markets in the late 17th and 18th centuries, although they were later superseded by thinner cotton hangings and bed-covers. The large medallion motifs on this quilt suggest that it was probably intended for the Dutch market, as similar designs are known in other pieces from Dutch collections. The density and variety of the reds, blues and purples in this piece bear witness to the great skills of the Indian dyers who made it by a variety of time-consuming processes involving mordanting and resist-dyeing.

Physical description

A rectangular, painted and dyed cotton quilted bed-cover. The design is of large palmettes and flowers in red and blue on white.

Place of Origin

Coromandel Coast (made)

Date

ca. 1700-1750 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Cotton, mordant-dyed and resist-dyed; wadded with cotton and quilted; lined with plain white cotton

Dimensions

Length: 335 cm, Width: 217 cm

Object history note

Made in South-east India's 'Coromandel Coast' for the Western market.

Purchased. Registered File number 1976/1287.

Descriptive line

Quilted chintz palampore with huge leaf design, Coromandel Coast , South-east India, ca. 1700-1750

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

Crill, Rosemary. Chintz : Indian textiles for the West London: V&A Publishing, 2008, Cat. No.37, p. 29, illus. p. 80.
Crill, Rosemary, Chintz: Indian Textiles for the West, London, 2008.

Production Note

Made in South-east India's 'Coromandel Coast' for the Western market.

Materials

Cotton (textile)

Techniques

Painted; Resist dyeing; Quilted; Lining

Subjects depicted

Palmettes; Floral patterns

Categories

Textiles

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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