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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


Calico Museum of Textiles at Ahmedabad, India

Above, Hanging: red cotton, quilted and embroidered with silk. Mughal, 18th century. (No. 9) color plate from "Indian Embroideries."

Above, Hanging: cotton, embroidered with silk (detail). From Gujarat (made for English market) 17th century. (No. 38) color plate from "Indian Embroideries."

Above, small detail of the sprawling Haveli, a former residence with inlaid-marble floors and exquisite gardens, on the Calico Museum grounds.

Nestled among verdant trees in Ahmedabad, India, there is an intriguing place that beckons the fabric-obsessed: the Calico Museum of Textiles. It is "an enchanted world," says textile scholar Aditi Ranjan. Overflowing with antique Indian embroideries, hand-blocked prints, court textiles used by Mughal rulers, and tie-dyed fabrics, the Calico is ranked as one of the best textile museums in the world.

For those of us who can't travel there, the Museum's site offers a nice film tour of its galleries, as well as a few publications. But unfortunately it's not possible to search or view the collections online.

Contemporary textile designer John Robshaw is inspired by the ancient craftsmanship of Indian artisans. I love his new collaboration with Anthropologie, which includes bedding and curtains. Shown above is Robshaw's hand-blocked and hand-stitched tularosa bedding.

Here is a related resource available for purchase in the U.S.: Agile Hands and Creative Minds: A Bibliography of Textile traditions in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Srilanka.


The Peak of Chic said...

Wow! That's a museum where I could spend days!

Anonymous said...

i want to go!!! tonight! right now!

suzannemarques said...

i love john robshaw's curtains too! there's a set in a recent domino that made me curious about him. of course anthropologie sells his stuff!

i am in the market for draperies, and am looking for cool drapes in red and white... that aren't custom. do you know any companies i could check out?
just wondering... keep up the beautiful posts! :)

resuming my search...

Style Court said...

I'll keep an eye out Suzanne. Thanks for your comment!

Suruchi said...

Please note, Aditi Ranjan is not a journalist. Shes the senior most textile faculty at the National Institute of Design and the co-author of the book 'Handmade in India'.