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Chintz, technically speaking, is a particular type of colorful, figured cotton cloth that was once made by painting and mordant- and resist-dying on the Coromandel coast of southeast India. Exported to Europe in the 17th century, chintz quickly revolutionized dress and home furnishings there while changing in response to European tastes. Here, Crill, senior curator in the Asian department of London's Victoria and Albert Museum, succinctly explains the history of the chintz trade and the techniques by which the cloth was produced. The museum's outstanding collection of 17th- and 18th-century chintzes-including clothing, wall hangings, and bedclothes-is then reproduced for the first time in color in these pages (an earlier publication, John Irwin and Katharine B. Brett's Origins of Chintz, featured many of the same pieces but had only black-and-white photographs). Recommended for specialized collections.