Indian palampores—printed and painted cotton textiles—were exported as part of a three-way trade. Europeans traded gold for them in India, then used them to obtain spices in the Molucca Islands. Palampores typically were designed with a tree of life as the central focus, framed by successive borders. All four corners of this palampore are printed with the name “I. Quane”; one corner also includes the stamp of the Dutch East India Company  (in Dutch: Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie, VOC, or "United East India Company").

Pattern: 
Palampore
Maker: 
I. Quane
1770
1790
Probably made in
India
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IQSCM
2006.004.0003