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

11.21.2014

Making the Cut

[Detail: Shawl, Dhaulpur, ca. 1850 ©VandA.]
What to edit? That's often the curator's dilemma. In organizing the V & A's upcoming show, The Fabric of India, textile experts Rosemary Crill, Divia Patel and the entire team have too much of a good thing -- an abundance of great pieces but not unlimited exhibition space. So they've been making some stressful cuts. However, a few of the rejected textiles, like this fringed 19th-century silk shawl with wide borders, stylized flowers and hems of gold-wrapped thread, are still having a moment in the sun thanks to the exhibition blog, which I mentioned last month. See more of this massive Indian shawl along with other didn't-make-the-cut objects here.

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