I became fascinated by the detailing on two pieces of chintz in the Museum of Friesland’s collection: a fragment with a ‘Japanese’ motif (T1982-163) and a morning gown. The pieces, created in the 18th century, feature highly detailed motifs of pine branches and Prunus blossom. The blossoms of the morning gown especially intrigued me. They are packed with monochrome graphic patterns, appear timeless and in contrast with the colourful floral background.
I decided to reconstruct the complex motifs in India to reveal the exotic origins. I was curious to find out if the patterns, which were inspired by Japanese motifs and designed for the Dutch market, contain additional Indian influences. Kirit thought something was missing and (re-)introduced:
a flying angel, lots of fishes, a few crocodiles, a peacock and a smiling goddess.