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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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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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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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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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All that glitters – part 3, manufacturing techniques

11 gold thread for blog

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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Guest Post: Conservation Close-up


Annika Amundson is a student placement in the V&A Textile Conservation Studio, a part of her MPhil course at the Centre for Textile Conservation, University of Glasgow. This week she tells us about the conservation of an embroidered child’s dress in preparation for its display in The Fabric of India. This child’s dress will be […]

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Clothworkers’ Object Study Day, 27th May

Hanne Faurby with Eveline Gordon embroidery samples © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

At the end of May we welcomed visitors to a series of talks given at the Clothworkers’ Centre by V&A staff, the second of our Clothworkers’ study days. In these talks, we showcased some of the research that we’ve undertaken within the grand tiled walls of Blythe House. As in October, the talks were extremely […]

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Persistence rewarded: the V&A’s Mughal coat


Hunting coat; embroidered satin with silk; 
Mughal Indian; 
c.1620 - 30.

The V&A’s Mughal embroidered coat  is well known as one of the finest surviving examples of Indian court dress, and has been frequently displayed and published since the Museum acquired it in 1947. But in spite of its superb quality, the coat was rejected for acquisition by V&A curators not once, but twice. Its owner was […]

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Guest Post: A Room with a View (Part 2) – the Textile Conservator’s Story

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Roisin Morris is a V&A Senior Textile Conservator, and is currently working on the massive room hanging we featured in  A Room with a View (Part 1) two weeks back. This week she fills us in on some of the finer points of preparing (and repairing!) an object like this for display. As you will […]

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