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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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Joubert: An eighteenth century travel guide to Paris

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In our previous posts, we’ve introduced the workshop, and provided context on the book and its author. This is week is a bit of a departure from silk design, as it concerns Joubert’s advice on visiting Paris. Lyonnais silk designers such as Joubert were preoccupied with how best to respond to the demand from Paris – […]

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Place and Repeat

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In our January guest blog Intoart artist Ntiense Eno Amooquaye shares her current research and artistic development programme ‘Place and Repeat’. Six artists from Intoart are engaging with the V&A collections over seven months, Sept 2015– March 2016 to make new visual artwork that will be realised as unique fabric designs. The resulting printed fabrics will […]

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Joubert: Life of Joubert and Conference

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In 2016, an eighteenth-century manual will be revived here, in London. This manual is Le Dessinateur pour les etoffes d’or, d’argent et de soie, which in English would more or less mean The Gold, Silver, and Silk Fabrics’ Designer. Its author was the adventurous Antoine Nicolas Joubert de l’Hiberderie. I have branded him adventurous because […]

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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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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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Guest Post: A truly unique cinematic experience

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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

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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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