Pocket with ornate stems, tear-drop, and flowers

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    A band with two ornate stems on either side of a tear-drop shape surrounded by very small flowers, and tendrils and flowers emerging from the stems, all white on a red ground. Along either side of the band is a border with white design on a brown ground; one is turned under as a seam, the other possibly has fragments of script. The band with a floral design is similar to Cat. no. 653 [EA1990.659].

    The cotton textile is sewn into a pocket, with a backing woven from white cotton, z-spun. The pocket seams are sewn with blue, s-spun ?flax, and in addition black, s-spun ?flax is used to hem the rectangle of white cloth. The reverse of the printed textile is less saturated with dye than the surface. The possible script may derive from Kufic.

    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. 655 on p. 193 (vol. ii), vol. ii p. 193 fig. 655

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