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Chintz textile fragment

1710-1730
Origin: India
24 1/4 x 19"
Cotton, mordant-painted and resist-dyed
In memory of Henry Ginsburg
Acc. No. 2007-96
Fragment of white chintz cotton, mordant-painted and resist dyed in scrolling floral design, including tulips and other flowers, curling leaves, and stems. The colors include red, pink, yellow, blue, and green (yellow over blue). The textile is pieced together in several places and the edges are raw.
Label:Chintzes from India, such as this example, were highly prized in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In the eighteenth century, their use in the colonies was legal, unlike the situation in England, where they were allowed in only for re-export.