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Fragment 15-16C This fragment is one of many hundreds of printed cotton fabrics from Gujarat which have been recovered from several sites in Egypt. This one (like the others in the V's collection) reputedly came from Fostat, the former capital of Egypt, which has given its name to the whole group, which are often referred to as 'Fostat fragments'. Such textiles formed part of an extensive Indian trade with the Arab world conducted through the ports of Western India.

2nd half 10-15 c. Textile fragment with interlocking quatrefoils, stars, and flowers Fustat, Egypt (find spot) Gujarat (place of creation) Cotton, block-printed with mordant, dyed red, and resist-dyed blue Dimensions 21.5 x 18 cm (length x width); along length/width 17 / 16 threads/cm (thread count). Accession no.EA1990.1098