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Blue-Resist Panel

Date:
mid-18th century
Geography:
Probably made in India
Culture:
Probably India, for the American market
Medium:
Cotton, painted and block-printed resist, dyed
Dimensions:
59 5/8 x 78 3/16 in. (151.4 x 198.6 cm)
Classification:
Textiles
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1940
Accession Number:
40.128
Not on view
Determining the country of origin of this type of resist-printed and indigo-dyed furnishing fabric, found in abundance in American museums with major textile collections, has frustrated several generations of textile historians. Part of the mystery is that while English manufacturers were the source of many of the textiles imported to North America in the eighteenth century, no examples of this type of blue-resist fabric are found in English collections. Resist dyeing with indigo was common in India as early as the thirteenth century. Evidence found in the records of eighteenth-century American merchants implies that these textiles—with their loosely spun, all-cotton, Indian base fabric—were also printed in India, commissioned by the English East India Company specifically for the American market.
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