Exhibition | The Fabric of India

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on October 11, 2014

Next fall at the V&A (as noted by Courtney Barnes at Style Court) . . .

The Fabric of India
Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 3 October 2015 — 10 January 2016
Cincinnati Art Museum, 19 October 2018 — 6 January 2019

Curated by Rosemary Crill and Divia Patel

Chintz palampore, South-East India for export to Europe, ca. 1750–60 (London: V&A Museum no. IM 85-1937)

Chintz palampore, South-East India for export to Europe, ca. 1750–60 (London: V&A Museum no. IM 85-1937)

The highlight of the V&A’s India Season, this will be the first major exhibition to explore the dynamic and multifaceted world of handmade textiles from India from the 3rd to the 21st century. It will include a spectacular 18th-century tent belonging to Tipu Sultan, a stunning range of historic costume, highly prized textiles made for trade, and fashion by contemporary Indian designers such as Manish Arora and Rajesh Pratap Singh.

Over 200 objects will illustrate the skills, variety and adaptability of Indian textile makers and the enduring nature of techniques for dyeing, weaving and embroidery across India. Examples of textiles made for religious and courtly use will be shown alongside the finest pieces made for export to Europe, the Middle East and South-East Asia. The use of textiles and dress as a political tool of the Independence Movement and their relevance to Indian cultural identity will be explored, as will the impact of mass-production on handmade textiles.

The exhibition blog is available here»

Note (added 24 March 2015) — The original posting provided a slightly earlier beginning date for the exhibition (September 26th); it’s now been corrected.

Note (added 21 October 2018)– The posting was updated to include the Cincinnati venue.

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