Kerchief - ROM2018_16788_1



Medium:Chintz: cotton tabby, block-printed mordants and resist, painted dyes
Geography: Coastal southeast India for the Armenian market
Date: 1737
95.5 x 94 cm
Object number: 934.4.65
Credit Line: Harry Wearne Collection, Gift of Mrs. Harry Wearne
On view
Gallery Location:The Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume

Kerchief with scenes of Europeans and dedicatory inscription "Son of Ter (or Der) Hagop Dazdur." Stamped date of 1737.

The great talent of Indian artisans to design for small niche markets is seen in works made for Armenia and its diaspora. Armenian merchants played important roles in trading and spreading knowledge of Indian chintz. From medieval times they traded great quantities to Iran, Turkey, the Middle East and China. In the 1600s, they brokered sales to newly-arrived European traders and were invited to France to teach cotton printing.

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