This cotton door curtain, resist-dyed, block-printed, and partially hand-painted, has a large, stylized motif of a cypress tree issuing from a vase resting on the pinnacle of an ornate rockery mound. The tree, placed under a fluted arch is filled with ornate floral motif and is flanked with two smaller cypresses. The vase is flanked by two peacocks. The spaces between these motifs are filled with floral creepers, and a dense forest inhabited by deer and tigers.
In its overall conception of design, the curtain, with its central arch and vertical format has resemblance with Islamic prayer mats as well as the architecture of mosques.


  • Title: Door Curtain
  • Date: 1871/1930
  • Location: Machilipatnam, Andhra Pradesh
  • Physical Dimensions: L 194 cm x B 112 cm
  • Rights: Text © Sanskriti Museum of Indian Textiles/ Jyotindra Jain
  • Medium: Cotton
  • Technique: Kalamkari technique on cotton
  • Period: Late 19th to early 20th century

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