Long Cloth, Cotton (painted mordant, dyed), India (Coromandel Coast), for Indonesian market

Long Cloth

ca. 1720s
India (Coromandel Coast), for Indonesian market
Cotton (painted mordant, dyed)
Overall: 119 3/4 x 41 1/2 in. (304.2 x 105.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, in honor of James C. Y. Watt, 2011
Accession Number:
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

[ TAI Gallery , Santa Fe, NM, until 2011; sold to MMA]