Indian, Coromandel Coast and Central European, for European market
Cotton, drawn and painted resist and mordant, dyed, silk trim
L. 47 1/2 in back x Gr. W. 28 1/2 inches
120.7 x 72.4 cm
Gift of Mrs. William Sloane Coffin, 1975
Not on view
The eclectic patterns on this chasuble were created from a single unusual Indian chintz, pieced together in Europe, creating two distinctly different designs on the front and the back of the garment. The back displays a pattern of repeating mound-shaped motifs enclosed in an ogival frame linked by floral sprays while the front exhibits a red diamond-shaped motif resting on a blue band. The painted and dyed textile was probably based on Western European silks of the
first quarter of the eighteenth century, which have comparably robust designs.