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Date2nd half of the 15th century - 1st half of the 17th century
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An overall design of white, interlacing tendrils and small flowers, on a red ground.
The fragment can be clearly identified as a child's garment. The neckline has been hemmed, there is a shoulder yoke set in, and the beginning of a sleeve is apparent. In addition to the tailoring seams, there are seams sewn with a running stitch that apparently once held patches in place. The fragments still attached to the reverse show that these were of the same material. The fabric is fine, and dye saturation is equal on surface and reverse. The fragments all have a similar thread count. The dye analysis has shown that the colorant used was morindone, the source of which was a variety of morinda root.
Radiocarbon analysis has dated the textile to 1600 CE +/- 40. Also published in Barnes 1992b: 10.
In: Barnes, Ruth, Indian Block-Printed Textiles in Egypt: The Newberry Collection in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 2 vols (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997)
Barnes, Ruth, Indian Block-Printed Textiles in Egypt: The Newberry Collection in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 2 vols (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997), no. 397 on p. 118 (vol. ii), vol. ii p. 122, vol. ii p. 118 fig. 397 & vol. i pl. 21