Exhibitions/ Art Object

Floral Decorated Textile

early 18th century
India (Coromandel Coast)
Cotton, mordant and resist dyed
Overall: 16 x 38 in. (40.6 x 96.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Yukikazu Iwasa, in memory of Seizaburo and Shizuko Iwasa, 2012
Accession Number:
Not on view
A fragment of large kalamkari cotton, a frayed red border frames this textile on two sides. The design has two major registers by a horizontal floral band. The top section contains a row of alternating tall and short flowering plants set against a natural undyed background. Though similar in format each plant is a unique composition. The lower register contains a flower and vine pattern that repeats twice; this section was executed using red, blue, green, and ocher dyes. Finely drawn resist-dyed floral meanders infill the section divider.
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