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

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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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The Fabric of India Soundtrack Now Available!

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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

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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

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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 making of Kalpataru

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India’s rich artistic traditions have been bought together in this celebratory installation by Delhi based designers Sarthak Sengupta and Sahil Bagga of Sarthak Sahil Design Co. The inspiration for the installation comes from nature. The central tree is shaped like a leaf from the sacred tulsi plant and it is surrounded by representations of trees and […]

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Guest Post: Eri Weaving in Meghalaya

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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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Our Favourite Things: Final Edition

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  Tomorrow we finally officially open our doors. The process of developing and installing The Fabric of India has been challenging: a true feat of research, conservation, and logistical engineering. But it has also been inspiring. Beyond the magic of the objects themselves, the dedication of all the staff involved in putting up this show has […]

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And still more! Our Favourite Fabric of India Objects, Part Three

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If you’ve been following the blog this week, you’ll know this is the third in our series sharing our ‘Favourite Things in The Fabric of India.’  If not, check out yesterday’s and Tuesday’s blog to meet more team members and their selections. Today we meet: Rosie Wanek, Senior Exhibitions Manager Favourite object: Indigo-dyed muslin “It is so difficult to […]

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A few more of our favourite things

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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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These are a few of our favourite things…

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  After years of planning, months of preparing, and weeks of installing, the last Fabric of India case has officially been closed . Two-hundred-odd objects were successfully installed over 14 straight days, by a team of dozens of people. Exhibition coordinators, contractors, technicians, textile conservators, designers, and curators all worked tirelessly to ensure everything came together […]

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