'The Fabric of India' exhibition, London

'The Fabric of India' exhibition, London

The first major exhibition to explore the dynamic and multifaceted world of handmade textiles from India, spanning from the 3rd century to the present day

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October 05 , 2015
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India’s extraordinary traditions in handmade textiles, often feared to be a vanishing heritage, are ravishingly back in the spotlight with London’s first major exhibition on them at the Victoria & Albert Museum. ‘The Fabric of India’, meticulously put together by V&A curators Rosemary Crill and Divia Patel, showcases about 200 objects attributed to a period from the 3rd century CE to contemporary fashion. Especially noteworthy are heirloom cloths crafted for religious worship and exquisitely opulent evidence of courtly patronage; textiles that shaped centuries of global trade and those that unified India in her struggle for sovereignty. There’s a Talismanic red and gold shirt in starched cotton dated to about 1480 CE- 1520 CE, a striking 1630 CE floorspread from the Coromandel Coast, and a North Indian woman’s gilded peshwaz from about 1800 CE. Many of the exhibits are on display for the first time. Fittingly, towering above the gallery is Tipu Sultan’s enormous 18th-century chintz tent, mordant-dyed, resist-dyed and block-printed in floral motifs.

What: ‘The Fabric of India’ exhibition
Where: London’s Victoria and Albert Museum
When:  October 3, 2015 to January 10, 2016
For more info www.vam.ac.uk

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