Textile fragment probably imitating patola pattern, with a grid of stepped diamond-shapes

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  • Title

    Textile fragment probably imitating patola pattern, with a grid of stepped diamond-shapes

  • 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, dyed red and brown, and resist-dyed blue

  • Material index

    cotton
  • Technique index

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    25.5 x 23.5 cm (length x width)
    along length/width 16 / 15 threads/cm (thread count)
    block 11.5 x 6 cm estimated (length x width)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.

  • Museum location

    Lower ground floor | Gallery 5 | Textiles
  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA1990.945

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  • Catalogue text

    A continuous field of stepped diamonds arranged as a diagonal grid. There are three versions of diamonds: solid red, red with white dots, and red with a white cross; the background is light blue. In addition there is a band with two interlaced vines, white with brown outlines on a light blue ground. The band has a narrow border of brown dots.

    The reverse shows less dye saturation than the surface for the red and brown, but more so for the blue. The size of the block used was 11.5 cm. x 6 cm. The stepped diamond design relates the pattern to patola textiles.

    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. 939 on p. 279 (vol. ii), vol. ii p. 279 fig. 939

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