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.
Blackwell North Amer This book focuses on beautiful early chintzes, presenting for the first time in full colour the Victoria and Albert Museum's world-class collection of Indian chintz textiles made for the western market. The pieces illustrated in this book were all made in south-east India, in the area known as the Coromandel Coast, generally acknowledged to be the source of the highest quality chintz textiles. Large hangings and bed-covers, as well as garments such as petticoats and jackets, have been specially photographed, and are shown in full and in stunning close-up in a splendid plate section. Rosemary Crill explains both the complex process of making chintz, the rapid rise in its popularity and the considerable impact of these textiles, both aesthetically and politically, providing an informative and richly illustrated introduction to the subject.