Fabric of India: Texture and Textiles


Over a series of workshops, V&A Learning has invited a community of collaborators to explore traditional ways of making and the crafts employed in Indian textile manufacture. Together with artist Raksha Patel practical workshops prepare for a shared exhibition of work to be hosted at the V&A in Nov 2015, as part of the Festival of […]

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Art of Cartapesta Demonstration

Victor Borges

On Sunday 13 September there was a fascinating drop-in demonstration on the Art of Cartapesta, an event which forms part of the Robert H. Smith Renaissance Sculpture programme.  Victor Borges, a Senior Conservator at the V&A who has worked on cartapesta objects in the Collection, took enthralled visitors through the materials and techniques which might […]

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Guest Post: Renuka Reddy’s Adventures in Chintz

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We’re open! This past weekend The Fabric of India received its first visitors, and the response has been overwhelming.  Lest you fear our opening means the end of our blogging, be reassured. Following our opening week, The Fabric of India blog will continue to bring you behind-the-scenes perspectives, share the fascinating stories behind the exhibition’s objects, […]

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Art and Science in Amsterdam


Following her visit to Liège, Project Curator Liz Miller has once more brought back some interesting new insights from her travels. —- On the 17th and 18th September 2015 I was fortunate to attend an international conference in Amsterdam on Art and Science in the Early Modern Low Countries (1560-1730), jointly organised by Huygens Institute for the History of […]

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The Serials: From Harlem to Dickens to Trollope

A Tale of Two Cities

In the last episode I left you hanging – I was on the run with KK pursued by her ex-boyfriend, with a loaded shotgun. He had reason – half his family was running away to England. We –  KK, her three year old son Arrow and I – had sought refuge with the neighbour, a […]

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Our Favourite Things: Final Edition


  Tomorrow we finally officially open our doors. The process of developing and installing The Fabric of India has been challenging: a true feat of research, conservation, and logistical engineering. But it has also been inspiring. Beyond the magic of the objects themselves, the dedication of all the staff involved in putting up this show has […]

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And still more! Our Favourite Fabric of India Objects, Part Three

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If you’ve been following the blog this week, you’ll know this is the third in our series sharing our ‘Favourite Things in The Fabric of India.’  If not, check out yesterday’s and Tuesday’s blog to meet more team members and their selections. Today we meet: Rosie Wanek, Senior Exhibitions Manager Favourite object: Indigo-dyed muslin “It is so difficult to […]

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A few more of our favourite things


Back again for part two of ‘Our Favourite Things’ from the exhibition’s (now complete) installation. Today we feature: Deepshikha Kalsi, Textile Conservator Favourite object: Embroidered hunting coat “It’s sheer magic in thread! It has such a painterly quality, like it’s been painted in detail by a master miniature artist and then embroidered with single thread […]

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These are a few of our favourite things…


  After years of planning, months of preparing, and weeks of installing, the last Fabric of India case has officially been closed . Two-hundred-odd objects were successfully installed over 14 straight days, by a team of dozens of people. Exhibition coordinators, contractors, technicians, textile conservators, designers, and curators all worked tirelessly to ensure everything came together […]

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New acquisition: Storm umbrella


Umbrellas have been used to keep dry since distant antiquity, their basic shape has not changed a great deal throughout history. During the course of my research I found that each year, on average, around 1000 new patents are registered worldwide for ‘improved’ umbrella designs. New designs can include improved, stronger rib technology or alterations […]

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