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India (Coromandel Coast), for the Dutch market

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This chintz was likely made for the Dutch market to satisfy their burgeoning passion for chinoiserie. Here Indian artists adapted an array of Japanese motifs such as pine trees, birds nesting near a pond, and rocky outcroppings, and integrated them into a composition that would speak to Dutch taste. The speckling of the red background may signify an attempt to evoke the look of Japanese resist-dyed textiles. This palampore—half of the original—is completed by its mate in the collection of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York; together, the two pieces would measure about nine by eight feet.

Palampore, Cotton (drawn resist and painted mordant, dyed), India (Coromandel Coast), for the Dutch market

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