[Maa ceremonial banner, 14th-century, Gujarat for Indonesian market, cotton, block-printed mordant-dyed and block-printed painted resist-dyed from Woven Cargoes: Indian Textiles in the East.]
I'm still putting together what I hope will be a mossy, fern-filled, summer woodland post but in the meantime here's a peek at some of the old textiles highlighted in John Guy's Woven Cargoes. All originated in India and were made for export. Not for Europe or the American colonies as we might assume. No, the examples shown here were made for Indonesian and Japanese markets.
Who else wants pillows made from block-printed cotton similar to the six-hundred-year-old ceremonial banner above? (I keep imagining pillows and upholstery projects.) Posted at top is just a detail view. Made in Gujarat for Indonesian buyers, it is radiocarbon-dated 14th century (V & A collection).
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The Japanese were enthralled with the 'exoticism' of Indian textiles. Guy says that the volume of Indian prints sent to Japan is not as significant as the impact Indian textiles had on Japanese design. Ultimately, imitations known as wasarasa or 'Japanese sarasa' became quite common. (Sarasa is cotton cloth decorated with hand-painting or printing.) Shown above, samples of historical Indian textiles preserved in a late Edo period album belonging to a private Kyoto collector.
This fragmant caught my eye. It's from a late 18th-century painted modant-dyed and resist-dyed Indian sarasa made on the Coromandel Coast for the Japanese market.
And here's another Indian sarasa fragment, again made on the Coromandel Coast for the Japanese market, also 18th century, cotton painted mordant-and-resist-dyed. Tokyo National Museum.
[All images above from Woven Cargoes: Indian Textiles in the East.]
[Detail view via Calico Museum of Textiles.]
Related past post: On the Borderline Again