Textile with Arabesque and Palmette Design

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The intricate tendril designs on this textile form elegant palmettes which enclose pearled borders and blooming heart-like buds in its interiors. This cotton textile which uses block-printing and mordant dye techniques points to the province of Gujarat as the place of production and a key center for the manufacture of textiles through the centuries. The ornamental features of this textile were meant to replicate luxury woven fabrics often found on the silks from Ikhanid Iran and Mamluk Egypt during the fourteenth century. Printed in Gujarat, this fragment not only represents Gujarat as a major exporter of printed and dyed textiles, but highlights the demand and taste for these textiles in Fustat, Egypt.

Textile with Arabesque and Palmette Design, Cotton, plain weave; block-printed, mordant dyed

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