Textile fragment with bandhani, or tie-dye, imitation and rosettes

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    A continuous field of diagonal lines makes a grid pattern; the lines are bandhani imitation dots, and there is a rosette in the centre of each grid square. The resist defines the pattern, the background is red, and the rosettes are brown with small, white dots.

    Selvedge; remains of stitching follow closely the selvedge line. It seems that two widths of cloth had been sewn together prior to printing the pattern, as the sewing thread has traces of the red dye. The pattern continues beyond the selvedge. The brown rosettes have partly disappeared because of a caustic substance contained in the mordant. The reverse is saturated with dye.

    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. 472 on pp. 141-142 (vol. ii), vol. ii p. 141 fig. 472

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