Textile fragment - ROM2019_17033_3


Textile fragment

Medium:Chintz: cotton tabby, painted mordants and resist
Geography: Western India for the Egyptian market
Date: 1400s to early 1500s
30.5 × 26 cm
11 1/2 × 10 in.
Object number: 961.107.1
On view
Gallery Location:The Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume

Textile fragment with flowering trees. One thousand years ago, Egypt was importing enormous quantities of chintz from western India for garments and home furnishings. The design vocabulary for this Islamic market included geometric shapes, stylized plants and birds, and Arabic inscriptions. Cottons painted in three colours were luxuries, but block prints in two colours were more affordable to common people. Egypt’s arid environment preserved hundreds of fragments. Carbon-14 testing reveals some pieces shown here are more than 700 years old. Their still-vivid colours are astounding.

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