The Fabric of India

The Fabric of India will be the first major exhibition to explore the rich and fascinating world of handmade textiles from India. We will be gathering together some of the finest and most fascinating textiles from the V&A and collections across the world to illustrate the processes, history, and politics associated with these incredible objects.

The journey from idea to exhibition is long, and often challenging, but also incredibly exciting. It requires the commitment and enthusiasm of many people: from curators, coordinators and conservators to designers and digital editors. This blog brings together stories from across the exhibition team to track the highs (and lows) of the exhibition research and making process. We will also be inviting team members and guest contributors to share their thoughts on what fascinates and inspires them about Indian textiles.

The exhibition, The Fabric of India will be at the V&A from 3 October 2015 to 10 January 2016.

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Guest Post: Exhibition Designer Gitta Gschwendtner Reflects on a Job Well Done (and takes a video)

Installation view of 'The Fabric of India' exhibition, 3 October 2015 - 10 January 2016

Gitta Gschwendtner was the Exhibition designer for The Fabric of India, and worked with the V&A’s team over the past two years to design the delivery of the show. Gitta’s immersive design was integral to the show, and received rave reviews by industry professionals and visitors alike. She now takes a moment to reflect on her […]

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5…4…3…2…1… The Fabric of India enters its final week


A very Happy New Year to you! It seems like only yesterday that we were scrambling to get the last objects into their cases and put the finishing touches on the displays. Yet somehow three months have already flown by and we are now in our last week. The Fabric of India closes January 10th, […]

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The Fabric of India Soundtrack Now Available!


Since our opening day we’ve been fielding a wave of requests from visitors for the music of The Fabric of India, brilliantly composed by Jason Singh. Today, we are thrilled to announce Jason has released the soundtrack! The album includes the themes from every section of the show – Nature and Making right through to […]

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Textiles and architecture in India


A number of the textiles in the Fabric of India exhibition were made to be used in architectural contexts, whether as furnishings for buildings or as a type of portable architecture in themselves. As we didn’t have space in the exhibition to discuss these relationships, this blog aims to provide some additional context for those pieces. When […]

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Guest Post: Indian Chintz – A Legacy of Luxury


This week we are very pleased to offer you a guest post from Fabric of India sponsors Good Earth India.  Simran Lal, Good Earth’s Chief Executive Officer, shares her personal passion for Indian craft and her particular fascination with chintz… FOR THE LOVE OF HISTORY History, ancient cultures, languages and craft have always fascinated me. […]

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The Moon Sari


This time last year I was about to head off to India for a research and collecting trip for The Fabric of India exhibition. My first stop was to Bhuj in Gujarat and my travels are recorded here. Some of the pieces I acquired during that visit are now on display and form an important […]

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Guest Post: Raising the Roof! Mounting Tipu’s Tent

Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

Today’s post focuses on the single biggest challenge of the exhibition – both literally and logistically. Those of you who have already visited the show will have no doubt been bowled-over by the majesty of Tipu’s garden-like tent. But getting its massive canopy up was no small job. To give us a behind-the-scenes look into what it took to raise […]

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Guest Post: A truly unique cinematic experience


Today we welcome Charlotte Wood, Marketing Manager at the V&A, who’s responsible for making sure you hear about all the amazing things the museum’s doing both inside and outside the galleries. Lately, she’s been working with Regent Street Cinema on some exciting Fabric-of India-related evenings we’re sure you’re going to want to put in your calendars.  Get your […]

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Guest Post: Eri Weaving in Meghalaya

01 Women working on the loom

This week we welcome Amrita Ravimohan, a representative of the of Indigenous Terra Madre 2015 event. She brings us fascinating details about eri silk weaving and kheng embroidery in Meghalaya, accompanied by some sumptuous images! North East Slow Food & Agrobiodiversity Society (NESFAS) Shillong has been working closely with weavers with the support of Craft Preservation […]

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Guest Post: Stitch Narratives – Continuance and Evolution of Running Stitch Embroidery

Stitch detail on jacket by Swati Kalsi

Hello again! This week we welcome Gopika Nath, a textile artist and writer living and working in Gurgaon, who shares our passion for kantha embroidery in both its traditional and contemporary forms.  Read on for a blog post you can almost touch… There is a nip in the air and it’s time to take out the silk […]

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