Textile fragment - ROM2016_15433_17


Textile fragment

Medium:Chintz: cotton tabby, painted mordants and resist
Geography: Made in western India for the Egyptian market
Date: probably 1500s
22.5 x 15.2 cm
Object number: 978.76.140
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 rows of red and blue bands with vines and Arabic inscription in naskh script. This example combines indigo and mordant dyeing to create a textile that is red, blue, and white. The overall evidence shows that the fabrics were first mordant dyed to obtain reds and then dyed in indigo to achieve blue. The continuous vine pattern is blue, which means that the background was covered with resist, although it is more common for the resist to define the pattern. This technical shift apparently occurred not earlier than the sixteenth century.

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