Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, in honor of James C. Y. Watt, 2011
Not on view
Indian textile makers were highly responsive to their customers’ desires, adjusting styles to suit specific markets. This design of this cloth represents a rare, loosely drawn version of a European-inspired textile produced expressly for the Indonesian consumer. Indian artists painted the stylized repeating pineapple plant motif so it would resemble fashionable European lace-patterned woven silks. Prototypes are readily identified in silks from Lyon, France, and Spitalfields (London) from about 1700. However, a comparison with the panel of chintz shown adjacent—which was made for the European market—illustrates how Indian artists sought to satisfy Indonesian tastes by creating a freer rendering of the European style.
cat. no. 48
Collected in the Torajan area of Sulawesi, Indonesia