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Nine Years of Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

2.27.2014

Floored


This stylized Indian floral cloth from LACMA's collection makes me think so much of the spread pictured in the Mughal painting in the previously mentioned MIA show, Imperial Nature.


[18th-century Mughal floor spread. Cotton plain weave with silk chain stitch embroidery, wrapped metal thread with silk core, and silk quilting. From the Nasli and Alice Heeramaneck Collection, Museum Associates Purchase, LACMA.] 


Look at the details.



Similar to the MIA exhibition, LACMA currently has on view a show that also explores English art patronage in colonial India, and demonstrates how Indian artists and craftsmen adapted their styles to suit European tastes. So, again, it's about beautiful wares that resulted from the cultural mash-up.   Princely Traditions and Colonial Pursuits in India continues at LACMA through October 12, 2014.

On Monday, March 10, at 6:30 p.m., food historian Maite Gomez-Rejon will lead a private tour of the show, discussing native Indian ingredients that were sent to England. Later in the evening an East meets West dinner will be offered at Ray's. Details here.

2 comments:

tokyojinja.com said...

Using the word floor in association with these textiles seems almost criminal - can you imagine actually sitting on one?

Style Court said...

Good point, Jacqueline !