Woodblock

This wooden print block was used to apply the mordant, a fixative agent, or resist substances such as molten wax or moist mud onto the textile after or prior to the dyeing process.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.

Date/Period
18th-19th century
Region
India
Dimension
Object size: L14.5 x W11.5 x H5.3 cm
Accession No.
1999-00144
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. Thomas Murray
Category
Woodcarving