Textile fragment - ROM2016_15433_2


Textile fragment

Medium:Chintz: cotton tabby, block-printed resist
Geography: Made in western India for the Egyptian market; perhaps used in Fostat (Old Cairo)
Date: probably 1400s
27.6 x 27 cm
Object number: 978.76.172
Credit Line: Abemayor Collection given in memory of Dr. Veronika Gervers, Associate Curator, Textile Department (1968-1979) by Albert and Federico Friedberg. Certified by the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board under the terms of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act. Attestée par la Commission canadienne d'examen des exportations de biens culturels en vertu de la Loi sur l'exportation et l'importation de biens culturels.
On view
Gallery Location:The Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume

Textile fragment with bands of dots. Although this interesting fragment is block-printed, its design bands are made up of small dots, simulating a tie-dye technique (bandhani) that is associated with Gujarat, specifically with Kachchh. Carbon-14 dated 1443–1618, probably 1400s.

Block-printed resist, probably using a wax or resin to block out the design prior to dyeing the fabric. As a result, the pattern appears as white against a blue background. The fabric was then immersed into an indigo dye vat, which produced the blue colour.

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