Textile fragment with stepped diamond-shapes and swirling plants

Details

  • Title

    Textile fragment with stepped diamond-shapes and swirling plants

  • 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, applied with mordant (probably by hand), applied with brown (probably by hand), mordant- and resist-dyed red, and resist-dyed blue

  • Material index

    cotton
  • Technique index

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    10.5 x 6 cm max. (length x width)
    along length/width 24 / 23 threads/cm (thread count)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA1990.988

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  • Catalogue text

    An irregular shape is filled with stepped diamonds, red with white outlines and a blue dot at the centre. The shape has a red border and white outline; the space between the diamonds is dyed blue over red. In addition there is the beginning of a pattern of swirling plants, with white outlines and dyed red and blue.

    The fine brown outlines were probably first drawn by hand. It seems likely that resists were applied for dyeing both red and blue.

    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. 982 on p. 292 (vol. ii), vol. ii p. 292 fig. 982

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