Textile fragment with stylized leaves

Details

  • Title

    Textile fragment with stylized leaves

  • Associated place

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

    2nd half of the 10th century - 15th century AD
  • Material and technique

    five pieces of cotton, resist-dyed red and resist-dyed dark-blue; joined with seams in white flax and black cotton

  • Material index

    cotton;
    flax
  • Technique index

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    49 x 33 cm max. (length x width)
    ground fabric 1 (single leaf-shapes), along length/width 20 / 23 threads/cm (thread count)
    ground fabric 3 (leaf-shapes on right), along length/width 18 / 22 threads/cm (thread count)
    ground fabric 2 (leaf-shapes on left), along length/width 18 / 22 threads/cm (thread count)
    ground fabric 4 (red border on left), along length/width 18 / 18 threads/cm (thread count)
    ground fabric 5 (red border on right), along length/width 19 / 18 threads/cm (thread count)
    ground fabric 2 & 3 48 x 20 cm max. (length x width)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA1990.1139

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  • Catalogue text

    The fragment is sewn together from five pieces: (a) is a blue band with single red leaves and circles containing rosettes, like Cat. no. 1123 [EA1990.1130]; (b) and (c) form a band with the pattern of large, stylized leaves related to Cat. no. 1119 [EA1990.1128]; (d) and (e) are are a solid red border sewn to the bottom of the band of leaves. The large leaves are red and have white and light blue details, against a dark blue background. The background is filled with white tendrils.

    Fragments (a), (d), and (e) have a selvedge. The measurements of the fragments are: (a) warp 26 cm., weft 10 cm.; (b) and (c): 48 cm. x 20 cm.; (d) and (e): warp 48.5 cm., weft 4.5 cm. While white flax is used in the seams that connect (b), (c), (d), and (e), black cotton thread connects (a) with (b) and (c_. The reverse shows more dye saturation than the surface.

    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. 1132 on p. 342 (vol. ii), vol. ii p. 242, vol. ii p. 342 fig. 1132

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