Cloth with flower sprigs and probably Arabic script

Details

  • Title

    Cloth with flower sprigs and probably Arabic script

  • Associated place

    Egypt (find spot)
    Fustat (possible) (possible find spot)
    Gujarat (place of creation)
  • Date

    19th century (1801 - 1900)
  • Material and technique

    three pieces of yellow cotton, joined with stitching in black mercerized cotton; block-printed with mordant, and dyed red and brown; with additional stitching in white thread, possibly cotton

  • Material index

    cotton
  • Technique index

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    ground fabric (sprigs) 11 / 12 threads/cm (thread count)
    ground fabric (inscription) 10 / 9 threads/cm (thread count)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA1990.903

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  • Catalogue text

    Complete cloth with borders of printed tab shapes at either narrow end. The central field has a floral medallion against a red ground covered with flower sprigs repeated throughout; on all four sides are bands with red flowers, partly in medallions. The bands are separated by narrow, brown bands. At one narrow end a strip was inserted with cartouches containing an inscription.

    Sewn together from three widths of fabric. The pattern was printed after the fabric had been sewn together. The reverse shows less dye saturation than the surface. The first thread count refers to the original fabric, the second to the inserted strip with inscriptions. This strip is sewn in with black cotton thread. The script on the inserted strip seems to be Arabic but cannot be read at present.

    In: Barnes, Ruth, Indian Block-Printed Textiles in Egypt: The Newberry Collection in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 2 vols (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997)

Further reading

Barnes, Ruth, Indian Block-Printed Textiles in Egypt: The Newberry Collection in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 2 vols (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997), no. 897 on pp. 263-264 (vol. ii), vol. ii p. 263 fig. 897

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