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Guest Post: A Quilt from Bengal


White cotton coverlet embroidered with the coat of arms of the Portuguese family Lima da Villa Nova da Cerveira, India or Bangladesh, first quarter of the 17th century
Region perhaps Satgaon; Region perhaps Hooghly
First quarter of the 17th century
White cotton, quilted and embroidered with red silk.

Emma Rogers is an Assistant Curator in the South and South East Asia section of the Asian Department.  Part of her job involves working with the V&A’s wonderful collection of textiles from South Asia, and she is particularly interested in export textiles made in India. One of the many beautiful textiles included in The Fabric […]

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Guest Post: Perfect partners: Muslin and cashmere


Jenny Lister is curator of 19th century fashion and textiles at the V&A. Last year, during initial object selections for The Fabric of India, she helped the team choose a muslin dress from the  V&A’s Textiles and Fashion collection. Today, she very kindly relives that selection process for our blog.  As the curator responsible for the nineteenth […]

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Getting the feel of The Fabric of India

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With such a strong focus on materials in the first part of the exhibition, we thought it would be a good thing for visitors to be able to feel the different textures of some of the fabrics on show. Clearly this isn’t possible with the actual museum objects, for which there is a strict ‘no […]

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All that glitters – part 3, manufacturing techniques

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The’ bling-ometer’ in Textile Conservation reached new heights last week with the arrival of the contemporary loans from India so it seemed a fitting time to return to the ‘All that glitters’ blog post (part 1 and part 2 can be found here) and complete the story with a look at manufacturing techniques past and present. […]

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A very brief history of staying dry

E.1240-1931 Poster No Wet - No Cold; 'No Wet - No Cold'. Colour lithograph poster with a stylised graphic design of umbrellas, advertising the London Underground Railways. Designed by Manner and issued by the Underground Electric Railways Co. of London, Ltd., 1929. Manner Underground Electric Railways Co. of London, Ltd. London 1929 Colour lithograph © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

As I said in the first post, to stay dry is a very human wish (unless of course you subscribe to the ‘aquatic ape’ theory put forward by some natural historians); so how did people keep the rain off in the olden days?     There is evidence that aboriginal Americans were the first true […]

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The Story So Far: A Huge Variety From Around The World

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Hunting Through the Weird and Wonderful at the Economic Botany Collection, Kew Walking into the Economic Botany Collection stores at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the first thing you notice is how chilly it is. Curator Mark Nesbitt does warn visitors to dress up warm – should you ever get the chance to visit, do […]

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Bastille Day

The Storming of the Bastille, detail of T.63-1936 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Today is Bastille Day! Bastille Day (formally called Fête Nationale in France) commemorates one of the most famous events of the French Revolution – the day when Parisian revolutionaries stormed the Bastille on July 14th, 1789. The Bastille was a royal fortress which commanded the eastern side of Paris and was considered to symbolise the monarch’s despotism. The […]

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