[Detail of early-18th-century chintz banyan (man's morning robe). The Met.]
Branches that appear marbleized and foliate veins stylized into slightly wavy stripes: I can't get enough of the pattern within pattern here. The fabric is an Indian (Coromandel Coast) painted and dyed cotton -- another example of chintz done with a red ground to appeal to the Dutch market. And maybe it's just me, but the flattened leaf-like forms and smaller blossoms feel Japanese-inspired.
See the full view over at The Met. According to the museum's new catalogue accompanying Interwoven Globe, the term banyan was initially used in the West to describe a practicing Hindu but morphed into the word for loose, Indian- and Asian-inspired long-sleeved men's morning robes in vogue in France, England and other parts of Europe. Think 18th century Robshaw.
For a little background on Indian chintz, click here and here.