Mount (a): 96 x 44 in. (243.8 x 111.8 cm) Overall (b): 87 1/2 x 35 1/2 in. (222.3 x 90.2 cm) Overall (c): 86 x 10 in. (218.4 x 25.4 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1975
This multicolored Indian silk made its way to China, where it was used to line the embroidered Chinese coverlet with the dragon center. The pattern was produced by clamp-resist dying—an ingenious technique for producing polychrome textiles. A folded cloth is tightly pressed and clamped between pairs of wooden blocks carved with the desired decorative pattern. Then the whole unit is immersed in a dye bath. Drilled channels in the blocks enable dye to flow into selected areas. Channels for different colors allow dyes to be applied sequentially, as openings are sealed or unsealed for each hue.
[ Cora Ginsburg LLC , New York, until 1975; sold to MMA]
Washington D.C. Textile Museum. "Master Dyers to the World," October 7, 1982–January 3, 1983.
Chicago. Field Museum of Natural History. "Master Dyers to the World," January 7, 1983–April 1983.
New York. Asia Society. "Master Dyers to the World," April 1983–July 1983.
Artist: Date: late 18th century Accession Number: 2003.177 Date: late 18th centuryMedium: Painted and printed gold and silver leaf and opaque watercolor on indigo-dyed cottonAccession: 2003.177On view in:Gallery 243
Artist: Date: second half of the 17th century Accession Number: 1980.222 Date: second half of the 17th centuryMedium: Silk and metallic thread embroidery with resist dyeing on satin damaskAccession: 1980.222On view in:Not on view