‏ Multipurpose Cover

Mid 19th century

Museum of Art & Photography

Museum of Art & Photography
Bangalore, India

Trade textiles which were lined, quilted, dyed and printed were produced in Coromandel Coast and traded by a small community of Armenian traders, based in South India since many centuries.These textiles were used as spreads, hangings and covers, and were exported to the Iranian and Armenian markets. Kalamkari (penwork - dyes are applied with hand using a bamboo pen or with a block) was one of the techniques which was used by artisans to achieve layers of colors and patterns.

Kairies or boteh motifs on the body and the wave-like pattern on the borders symoblize Islamic elements.


  • Title: ‏ Multipurpose Cover
  • Creator: Unknown Maker(s)
  • Date Created: Mid 19th century
  • Location: Coromandel Coast (probably Machalipatnam), made for the Persian market
  • Physical Dimensions: H. 120cm, W. 89cm
  • Subject Keywords: Textile
  • Type: Textile
  • Rights: Courtesy of the Museum of Art & Photography (MAP)
  • Medium: Cotton, quilted, lined, block printed and hand applied or mordant dyed
  • Museum No.: TXT.00058
  • Department: Textiles, Craft and Design

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