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View towards the large hand-painted floral textile, Sir Christopher Ondaatje South Asian Gallery, February 2008
Creator: Brian Boyle
Date of Image: February 2008
ROM Links: Sir Christopher Ondaatje South Asian Gallery
Museum ID Number: ROM2008_9890_3
Image Number: ROM2008_9890_3

This elaborate floral textile, known as chintz or palampore, was produced on the Coromandel Coast in southeast India specifically for the European market. Indo-European palampores constitute one of the most articulate expressions of hybrid design in the early modern period. The imported Indian painted cottons, with their brilliant fast colors, were a striking contrast to contemporary European fabrics. Cotton was a welcome and colourful change from the linen and wool fabrics that dominated Europe. These colourfast cotton fabrics became very popular in Europe and the palampores, or panels with flowering tree designs, were used as wall and bed hangings, or fashioned into coverlets. The growing demand for Indian painted cotton in the third quarter of the 17th century played an important role in the development of the European textile printing industry.

This spacious gallery on level three of Michael Lee-Chin Crystal presents the ROM’s vast and diverse collections of South Asia. Spanning over 5,000 years, displays focus on the artistic and cultural traditions of this area, which includes Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Tibet. Nine thematically organized exhibit areas reveals aspects of South Asia’s long and diverse history and include religious objects and sculptures, decorative arts, arms and armour, miniature paintings and textiles.

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ROM Images: "Palampore" textile panel (934.4.13)

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