Woman’s skirt (gaghra) - ROM2019_17199_23


Woman’s skirt (gaghra)

Medium:Chintz: cotton tabby, block-printed mordants and resist
Geography: Made in Rajasthan, India
Date: 1900-1966
86 × 208 cm
Object number: 2019.32.1
Credit Line: [No credit line required]
On view
Gallery Location:The Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume

Perhaps the simplest and most conservative block-printed cotton textiles are the stylized floral patterns made for rural communities in Rajasthan and Gujarat in northwestern India, often used as fabric for the full skirts (ghaghra) worn by village women. Designs such as these may be basic in outline, but the processes involved in making them are far from rudimentary. Block-printed designs are not simply printed onto the cloth, except in the case of modern synthetic dyes. Depending on the colours used, a mordant must be used to make the dye "take" on the cloth or a resist employed to shield those areas not to be dyed; it is these mordants and resists, rather than the colours of the finished product, that are printed onto the fabric, which is then dyed.

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