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Textile fragment with vines and flowers
Date14th century (1301 - 1400)
Material and technique
cotton, painted with mordant, dyed purple and red, and resist-dyed blue; with stitching in mercerized cotton
Dimensions25.5 x 17 cm (length x width)
along length/width 22 / 29 threads/cm (thread count)
No. of items
Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.
Museum locationFirst floor | Gallery 28 | Asian Crossroads
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Two bands with continuous vines, both white with fine, purple outlines. One is set on a red ground, the other on blue. The vine of the red band turns onto itself, with blue leaves and a flower emerging. The vine on blue ground has small red flowers or berries attached, grouped in clusters of three, as well as leaves emerging. The bands are separated by narrow, red and blue borders.
It seems that the fine outlines were first stamped with a mordant, and then the mordant for the red and the resist for the blue were added, with dye immersions between the applications.
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. 964 on pp. 286-287 (vol. ii), vol. ii p. 286 fig. 964