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


The Fabric of India

[©NTPL/Erik Pelham. Courtesy of The National Trust,]

This time next year, textile junkies will want to be in London. From September 26, 2015 through January 10, 2016, the V & A will present The Fabric of India, an exhibition comprised of famed pieces like Tipu Sultan's 18th-century Indian chintz tent (the one with stunning red flowers acquired by Edward Clive in 1799 and installed at Powis Castle in Powys, Wales), myriad folk, court, and made-for-export textiles from the Museum's own collection, and work from contemporary Indian fashion designers.

[Skirt cloth, silk embroidered with silk thread, Kutch, Gujurat, circa 1880 ©Victoria & Albert Museum.]

[Skirt cloth, silk embroidered with silk thread, Kutch, Gujurat, circa 1850 ©Victoria & Albert Museum.]

Rosemary Crill and Divia Patel are curating so it will be interesting to see if any of the three embroideries pictured here end up on view in the show. While the exhibition will be large -- the first truly comprehensive show to explore handmade Indian textiles from the 3rd to the 21st century, with more than 200 examples, says the V & A -- narrowing the field of choices is probably still a challenge.  

[Detail of a  a bed cover from the back of Rosemary Crill's Indian Embroidery.]

If you're curious about the hurdles curators face while mounting a show of this scale, or you just want to sneak a peek at the objects they are working with, check out The Fabric of India blog. It's already live.


Lori said...

I need a ticket to London stat!

Ginger Lyons de Neufville said...

Amsterdam will be another destination next year when the Rijksmuseum shows the 18th c. chintz collection just purchased by the Peabody Essex museum.

Anonymous said...

What a great Los Angeles sculpture. Such a beautiful idea. Thanks for sharing :)