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Hand-carved wooden blocks with designs of tropical flowers and coconut palms, creepers of jasmine and rose, birds such as parrots and peacocks, animals such as monkeys and tigers, all came together in the creation of the elaborate textiles of the Deccan Plateau in Southern India. Commissioned by the Rajas and Nawabs, these hand-printed and hand-painted textiles came to be known as Chintz and Paisley.