Issue No.25 2015
TEXTILES & FABRICS
Hand painted chintzes from India first appeared in Europe in the early 1600’s. Their brilliantly coloured motifs of exotic flowers and foliage, animals and birds, often adorned a Tree of Life. Four hundred years later, these designs are still highly sort after today and continue to ignite the imaginations of decorators, textile designers, printers and embroiderers. Rijks Museum’s collection of 18th century Indian interior and dress chintzes are extraordinary examples of beautiful designs that stand the test of time.
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The artistry and craftsmanship of hand-painted chintzes in the Tree of Life design not only showcase the skill of the artisans but also serve as a reminder of the enduring allure and significance of this traditional art form. They carry with them a sense of history, culture, and the timeless beauty of nature, making them cherished pieces that can be passed down through generations.
The Tree of Life motif itself symbolizes the eternal cycle of life, growth, and interconnectedness. It represents the unity of all living things, from the roots that ground us to the branches that reach for the sky. The intricate foliage and intertwining branches mirror the complexity and diversity of the natural world, reminding us of our deep connection to nature and the harmony that exists within it.
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