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Meharban Khan doing gota work in the workshop on his roof

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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Khadi cotton being woven on the loom

Location Scout: The Khadi weavers of Kaladera

This post has been a little delayed owing to a gastric souvenir that I have bought back from my recent trip to India (not charming and you’ll be grateful that I have no plan to expand further on this point).  The visit was ostensibly a holiday to visit family there, but being in the right […]

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Rickshaw in Jaipur

‘Textiles for every use’

During my recent visit to India I was searching for handmade textiles and I found them in all sorts of places. My rickshaw driver in Jaipur was very proud of his kantha embroidered seat covering and the mirror-work panels in the back. However, I was of-course confronted by the very opposite of handmade – lots of […]

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Aziz Khatri (left) Suleman Khatri (right) with father and young Mohammed. Dyeing vat in the background.  (copyrigth Divia Patel)

In Bhuj

I was in Bhuj last week, not because I was hiding from the police, but because I was in search of interesting textiles. Sorry – I really couldn’t help that reference to the film, In Bruges, but as you might imagine, being in Bhuj, Gujarat, is very different from being in Bruges, Belgium. Bhuj is […]

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© The T/Shirt Issue

Week 24: Sit Down and Sew

The interface we use to stiffen the fabric serves as the backbone of the eventual piece, making all the difference in its precision. How many hands does it take to translate thousands of laser-cut polygons onto fabric? Well, at least an extra 10. A few to iron the interface onto the jersey, a few more […]

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Artificial heather flower, from a spray used on a bonnet in Princess Beatrice's trousseau

My Own Dear Lace

129 years ago today, Princess Beatrice, the beloved daughter of Queen Victoria, married Prince Henry of Battenberg. Princess Beatrice was the youngest of Victoria and Albert’s nine children. Her mother became increasingly dependent on her after the death of her father in 1861, when Beatrice was only four years old. While her siblings were strategically […]

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The V&A Shop Fabric Project

We are excited to share with you what busy bees we have been in the V&A Shop office. Eight members of the team rose to the challenge to make some crafty, DIY, upcycled items using our new collection of beautiful printed cotton fabrics inspired by the V&A’s collections. The fabrics are truly one of a […]

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Liberty

Liberty’s department store provides me with a haven in busy central London. I could spend hours in their haberdashery department admiring their distinctive printed fabrics or looking at the interiors of their ‘Tudor’ building . I was, therefore, delighted when I found out that The Cult of Beauty exhibition, which is sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, will have further support from Liberty. A couple of weeks ago, as part of a press tour, I visited the store and met Liberty’s archivist who showed us some sample books containing Aesthetic fabrics . Liberty played a vital role in popularising …

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