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Chintz: Global Textile


  • Rijksmuseum Museumstraat 1 1071 XX Amsterdam Netherlands (map)

From the Rijksmuseum

In the 17th century, chintz sparked a true revolution in global fashion. And this Indian cotton fabric with brightly coloured botanical motifs was used not only for clothing, but even to decorate entire rooms. This revolution echoes on to this day, with fashion houses such as Mulberry and Gucci drawing abundant inspiration from these colourful designs in their 2018 autumn collections.

The objects on display include chintz bonnets, wall decorations, oversleeves, dressing gowns, baby clothes, skirts, bedspreads and dresses. Other exhibits include items of clothing inspired by chintz and wood blocks that were used to print the motifs onto the fabric. The highlight of the exhibition is an 18th-century bedspread decorated with the coat of arms of Amsterdam.