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Photograph of May Morris by Frederick Hollyer

Unsung Artists : May Morris (1862-1938)

One of the best things about working on the Factory project is the range of different artists and designers that we come across while cataloguing. The V&A’s collection of works on paper is huge (741,000 objects and counting!) and amongst the famous names like Constable and Raphael, there are a wealth of fascinating and talented […]

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Guest Post: A Canvas of Colour

Sarah Strickland is a producer with CultureShock Media, and is working with The Fabric of India team to create the exhibition’s audiovisual content. She recently returned from filming in India, following Rosie Wanek’s research as our Location Scout (check out her previous posts to learn more about how we found these locations). For The Fabric […]

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Guest Post: ‘Same but different’: Lehnga for every woman!

  In a previous blog we visited a designer wedding show to take a glimpse at the luxury end of the wedding market. This week we have a very different perspective from our guest blogger Sucharita Beniwal. It has to be done today, the whole family including mother, father, aunts, sister with her children, and […]

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A very big hanging

We recently returned from a week’s visit to Delhi and Jaipur, where we visited some of the designers showing work in the exhibition and also picked up several of our new acquisitions from them – about which there will be more in a separate blog. One highlight of the trip was a visit to the National […]

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Location Scout III: Sparkle and shine

So here is one final post from my trip to India last month. I was in pursuit of locations to film hand embroidery in progress and visited a variety of workshops.  Many of these also specialised in applying a range of embellishments to fabrics in order to create the highly decorative garments favoured across India. […]

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Start as you mean to go on

While I was studying for my MA, I used to use research trips to London as an excuse to head to the V&A. In particular, since I obviously always ended up in the Fashion Gallery, I used to ‘visit’ a dress by Balenciaga. The Fashion Gallery case displays are rotated and changed every few years, […]

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Inspired to Make: Angry Birds

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 – […]

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The Story so Far: Only 200

The last few weeks mark a particularly exciting moment in the development of any exhibition: we have appointed an exhibition designer.  Gitta Geschwendtner and her team of 3d, 2d and lighting designers will be drawing together spaces, surfaces, light and graphics to support and reveal the stories hiding in the textiles. This is when things […]

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Inspired to Make

Design in the Details As Research Assistant for The Fabric of India, I spend a lot of time with my nose in books. But when I’m not in the library, there’s a good chance you’ll find me in the archives. Coming from a textile making background myself, one of the things I love most about […]

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The Fabric of India

Welcome to our blog on the V&A’s forthcoming exhibition The Fabric of India. It’s now a year away, but preparations are well underway for what promises to be not only a beautiful and dramatic show but also a major landmark in the study and display of the subject. Focussing on hand-made textiles, the exhibition will […]

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