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Guest Post: A truly unique cinematic experience


Today we welcome Charlotte Wood, Marketing Manager at the V&A, who’s responsible for making sure you hear about all the amazing things the museum’s doing both inside and outside the galleries. Lately, she’s been working with Regent Street Cinema on some exciting Fabric-of India-related evenings we’re sure you’re going to want to put in your calendars.  Get your […]

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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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Guest Post: An Exercise of Re-fashioning Fashionable Fancy Dress

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Guest post by Celia Reyer, costume intern and winner of The Costume Society’s Jubilee Award 2015. The design inspiration I have found from the V&A Museum of Childhood Collections department has come from my research into the history of fancy dress and the practice of re-fashioning in early fancy dress. Fancy dress originated as an adult form […]

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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: Renuka Reddy’s Adventures in Chintz

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We’re open! This past weekend The Fabric of India received its first visitors, and the response has been overwhelming.  Lest you fear our opening means the end of our blogging, be reassured. Following our opening week, The Fabric of India blog will continue to bring you behind-the-scenes perspectives, share the fascinating stories behind the exhibition’s objects, […]

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Our Favourite Things: Final Edition


  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


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…


  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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Fabric of frenzy

Installing the section on Dye

This picture says it all: the remains of a breakfast of coffee, half a croissant and some jelly babies, and a lunch of chips and lemonade.  Installations are always somewhat frantic and this one is no different.  That said, in spite of the long days and limited access to proper meals, it is really exciting […]

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