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Exhibitions/ Art Object

Palampore

Date:
1750–1800
Culture:
India (probably Coromandel Coast), for the European market
Medium:
Cotton (painted resist and mordant, dyed)
Dimensions:
106.75 x 148.5 in (271.1 x 377.2 cm)
Classification:
Textiles
Credit Line:
Winterthur Museum, Delaware, Gift of Henry Francis du Pont
Not on view
Countless Indian textiles were imported into Europe during the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Perhaps the most spectacular were the painted and dyed cotton bedcovers and hangings called palampores. This example represents the form at its best. The number of colors and the skillful rendering of intricate details demonstrate the exceptional talents of Indian cotton painters. The overall design concept seems to have developed partly as a response to specific instructions from English clients. As early as 1643, they requested white backgrounds and compositions with central flowering branches and trees. Accordingly, these objects document the cross-cultural amalgamation of European tastes and Indian artistic styles engendered by global trade.