Textile fragment with flowers, leaves, and tendrils

Details

  • Title

    Textile fragment with flowers, leaves, and tendrils

  • 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

    cotton, block-printed with mordant, and dyed red and brown

  • Material index

    cotton
  • Technique index

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    14 / 12 threads/cm (thread count)
    block 10 x 8.5 cm estimated (length x width)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.

  • Museum location

    not on display

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA1990.822

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  • Catalogue text

    A continuous field of tendrils, leaves, flowers, some of which are large, ornate and tear-drop shaped. The design is white on a red ground. In addition there is a narrow brown and white border along the selvedge.

    Selvedge. The reverse shows considerably less dye saturation than the surface. The size of the block used for the continuous pattern was 10 cm. x 8.5 cm. The dye analysis has shown that both red and brown were produced by using the colorant morindone, the source of which was a variety of morinda root.

    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. 820 on p. 241 (vol. ii), vol. ii p. 241 fig. 820

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