Temple Hanging

Whether they were made in England or India, roller-prints are typically called “Manchester” prints. In 1783, a roller-printing machine was invented in Manchester to keep up with the European market’s demand for Indian block printed cottons, while keeping the industry local. It is not known when roller-printing made its way to India, but it was being made in large textile centers in the late 19th century. While it is difficult to distinguish between British- and Indian-made roller-prints of the late 19th to early 20th century, this piece was likely made in India due to its specific intent of being a temple hanging.

Devotees surround a temple on both sides holding peacock feathers. Below them are cows, and above them are peacocks. On top of the temple sits a sun with a face, a representation of the sun god, Surya. The main color of the ground is red, and the piece is printed with shades of green and an off-white.

For an identical piece see ” Texitle Arts of India” by Kyoto Shoin & Super Book House, page 180

Circa: Late 19th

Origin: Gujarat,India or England for the Indian market

Material: Cotton

Condition: Good, Mounted and stabilized


Inventory number: TX5188



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