[This Indian sari sample book informed Liz Rideal's installations, Drop Sari and Light Curtain, at the University of Manchester's Whitworth Gallery. Photo © 2012 Liza Lemsatef Cunningham www.ellelens.com.]
[Screengrab from Liz Rideal video.]
Cotton: Global Threads, a current exhibition at the University of Manchester's Whitworth Gallery, explores the textile's centuries-long impact on the world. While today's leading cotton producers are the U.S., China, and India, during the Industrial Revolution Manchester was a manufacturing leader.
[Screengrab from Light Curtain.]
With her video installations, artist Liz Rideal plays with saris and light, drawing attention to the historic relationship between India and Manchester. Inside the gallery she juxtaposes tumbling saris with Sultan Tipu’s Tent (remember the tent from this past post?) and outside the center, at night, passersby see windows illuminated with more brilliantly colored Indian textiles. Click here for a peek.
[Image via Harris Museum and Art Gallery.]
Update: An hour after I published this post, I came across a nice review of the exhibition in the back of Selvedge, issue 45. The magazine's coverage includes a link to an incredible resource with digitized versions of John Forbes Watson's 18-volume, 19th-century sample set, The Textile Manufactures of India. It's a must see!
[Me, exploring the digitized volumes online.]