Chintz: Indian Textiles for the West

Chintz: Indian Textiles for the West

by Rosemary Crill
     
 

Over the past hundred years, “chintz” has come to mean any floral printed furnishing fabric, usually made of cotton, and often glazed. Its origins as a hand-drawn and dyed fabric from India are often forgotten, but it is with these rare earlier chintzes that this book is concerned. This stunning album explores in detail the background and development of

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Over the past hundred years, “chintz” has come to mean any floral printed furnishing fabric, usually made of cotton, and often glazed. Its origins as a hand-drawn and dyed fabric from India are often forgotten, but it is with these rare earlier chintzes that this book is concerned. This stunning album explores in detail the background and development of this beautiful technique and looks at the use of chintz in Europe from the early seventeenth century to the mid-nineteenth century, first as bed curtains and wall hangings and later for popular men’s and women’s fashions. The Victoria and Albert Museum’s collection, published for the first time in glorious color and including close-up details, will interest interior designers, textile students, and those involved in fashion.

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Library Journal

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.
—Kathryn Wekselman

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781851775323
Publisher:
V & A Publications
Publication date:
02/01/2008
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
12.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

<DIV>Rosemary Crill is senior curator in the V&A’s Asian Department. She is joint editor of <I>Dress in Detail from Around the World</I and the author of <I>Indian Embroidery</I> and <I>Indian Ikat Textiles</I>.<BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR></DIV>

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