This hanging or banner is dyed by using the direct dyeing technique on cotton tabby weave cloth. It has a motif of bulls and pheasants holding pearls forming triangles at the top with narrow diagonal striped borders.Large quantities of Indian textiles produced in various centres in Gujarat, the Deccan and Coromandel Coast were traded across Southeast Asia until the end of the 19th century. Among their functions, they served as attire for royalty and as diplomatic gifts, as displays on festive occasions, and as clothing for the populace at rites of passage and other ceremonies. These trade cloths had a strong influence on the development of Southeast Asia textiles as it is thought local makers began producing cloth, possibly borrowing patterns and motifs from earlier Indian examples, to make up for the shortage of the Indian ones that began to decline in numbers.

19th century
Coromandel Coast, India
Gross measurement: H: 154.0 x W: 99.5 cm
Accession No.
Cotton tabby; dye painting
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Credit Line
Previously in the Roger Hollander Collection