Floral Motifs on Early Chintz
Anacardium occidentale - Cashew
Anacardium occidentale (Cashew) from the Victoria and Albert Museum, Bedcover, second half 18th century
Anacardium occidentale (Cashew)  from Einer Gesellschaft Kr√§uterkenner, Plantarum indigenarum et exoticarum Icones ad vivum coloratae, vol. 1, plate 5, 1788
Anacardium occidentale (Cashew) by alfredo affatato, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Common Names: Cashew, Cashew Apple (nut with fruit as seen in the pictures above), Caju, Cassu, Acajou

Description: Anacardium occidentale (Cashew) is a member of the Cashew or Sumac Family (Anacardiaceae). The Hortus Kewensis, ed. 2  vol. 2 recorded that this native of both Indies and was first cultured in Britain in 1699.  Wikipedia reports it is native to South America and was taken to Goa, India between 1560 and 1565 by the Portuguese and from there distributed across Asia.*
Quilts with this Anacardium occidentale (Cashew) motif: 
  • None known at this time
Chintz Palampore with this Anacardium occidentale (Cashew) motif: 
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, Bedcover, Cormandel Coast of India, Object Number IM.85-1937, second half 18th century

"Cashew," Wikimedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cashew, accessed 4/15/2024.

   ¬©  Updated 5/5/2024    Author: Terry Terrell