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INDIAN PAINTED CALICO known as Indiennes in France and Pintado in Portugal. Between 1600 to 1800 CE Europeans were fascinated by the chintz fabric which had exotic patterns in bright colours that did not fade due to light or washing. Nothing in Europe could compared to the intensity and durability of these Indian colors. Every bit and scrap of the chintz fabric was put to good use.
Apparel made of Chintz are fantastic examples of use of patterns within a garment, meticulous hand sewing, garment silhouette or structure. Its marvellous how parts of a huge rectangle of patterned fabric are taken out and then arranged and stitched together to form a even more stunning garment!!!!!! Below are a few examples of clothing made with chintz fabric.

18th C Dutch Baby Coat

Baby coats made with lining and quilted Chintz fabric. The Dutch prized their imported Indian Chintz. Chintz fabric left over after making an adult’s garment was utilized to make children’s clothing. Coat on the lower side of picture is an example of Chintz fabric pieces from different sources being but together.


18th C Ladies Chintz Jacket

Women’s Long sleeve jacket made with Chintz fabric. The visual impact of this coat is interesting. It is the genius of the garment’s maker to have created such a profound visual appeal. Fabric pieces are put together to achieve symmetry in the pattern and structure of this garment. The fit is great! The seams are astonishing, hidden in the garments design. Hand sewn not machine made.


18th C Ladies Yoke

Yoke made of Chintz fabric with Linen lining, ring and tie at side waist to fasten. This Yoke as such has a very simple silhouette. What interests me in this piece is the garment maker's vision of picking out a particular part of the Palampore and using it to enhance the visual impact of a yoke. Chintz fabrics were generally made as huge Rectangular pieces; each had a specific theme of pattern. (See fabric page / chintz on this site). Pieces of Chintz fabric are put together to make the shoulder.


18th C Men's Chintz Banyan

Chintz fabric Banyan from England with a block printed lining made between 1750-75. Banyan was a lounge wear style worn at home by men in the 2nd half of 18th century. Banyan got its name from Gujarati Hindu merchants. Banyan was usually worn unfastened. This particular banyan has a high neck, kimono style sleeves and side pockets (pockets flaps can be seen at sides).



18th C Men's Chintz Coat

Men’s dressing gown with mock waistcoat. The waist coat had only the front inserted into the outer coat. This particular Coat was made to be worn by men to entertain informal visitors at home. This coat has Close Banded neck, Buttoned front, Sleeve cuffs detailing seems inspired by military sleeves and flapped pockets at lower Fronts. Chintz borders are used in detailing cuffs, pocket flaps and front plackets. The maker of this garment has tried to attain symmetry of design by matching use of pattern on both sides of the front. All the details are created by hand sewing!