Inspired to Make: Angry Birds

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The team measure the display length of a lovely, but very long, bandhani sari. © Avalon Fotheringham

As the last days of 2014 fly away, the Fabric of India team is working hard to be ready for what will surely be a very busy year. We’re packing in as much as we can before 2015 arrives – mocking up displays, measuring extra fabric, and formatting our labels. As we go, we are – as always – taking note of details and delights to share with you. This week we thought we were about due for another ‘Inspired to Make’ post, full of lots of lovely detail shots.

So many of our objects are full of life – packed with people, elephants, tigers, horses, cows, and more – that we are constantly discovering new characters. Some of us even have personal favourites (a certain painted duck enjoys a lot of admiration in particular) and have started image collections to better show them off.

Today I’m sharing one of my own collections featuring some of the many birds we’ve met in our objects – some rather angrier looking than others, but all quite stunning.

These two appear in a small section of a Gujarati embroidered hanging. The fineness of the stitching makes my fingers itch to pull out the old embroidery hoop…

IS 155-1953

Detail of embroidered bed-hanging. Gujarat, ca. 1700. Museum no IS 155-1953 © Victoria and Albert Museum

IS 155-1953

Detail of embroidered bed-hanging. Gujarat, ca. 1700. Museum no IS 155-1953 © Victoria and Albert Museum

This rather aggressive looking rooster is causing a commotion in another small area of a larger chintz fragment.

IS 2B-1967

Detail of a chintz hanging. Coromandel Coast, ca.1700-25. Museum no IS 2b-1967 © Victoria and Albert Museum

And a painted and dyed menagerie on a huge and extraordinary floorspread hides some very angry birds, though once you see the whole thing you’ll understand the cause of their distress…

IM 160-1929

Detail of a painted and dyed floorspread. Coromandel Coast, ca. 1630. Museum no IM 160-1929 © Avalon Fotheringham

IM 160-1929

Detail of a painted and dyed floorspread. Coromandel Coast, ca. 1630. Museum no IM 160-1929 © Avalon Fotheringham

Finally, these superbly embroidered wildlife scenes, unbelievably fine, are a very happy hunting ground indeed.

IS 18-1947

Detail of an embroidered silk hunting coat. Mughal, ca. 1620-25. Museum no IS 18-1947 © Victoria and Albert Museum

IS 18-1947

Detail of an embroidered silk hunting coat. Mughal, ca. 1620-25. Museum no IS 18-1947 © Victoria and Albert Museum

Hopefully these images will help inspire you to get crafting over the holidays. The Fabric of India blog will be back in the new year with some exciting new updates, including behind-the-scenes peeks into the conservation studio, installation challenges, and incredible object stories.

In the meantime, I’ll leave you with one more – not because he’s a bird, but because he’s my favourite.

IS 31-1970 (16)

Detail of embroidered wool shawl. Kashmir, ca. 1850-1875. Museum no IS 31-1970 © Avalon Fotheringham

One thought on “Inspired to Make: Angry Birds

naseem ahmad craftsman:

lovely pics
thanks

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