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All that glitters (part 2) …. is most definitely not all gold!

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A few weeks ago Rosemary posted a blog about Indian textiles which incorporate metal or metal wrapped threads (April 23, 2015). She was very careful not to mention what the metal was because we have been in the process of analysing the composition, so in this follow up post I will tell you what we […]

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A Room with a View

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Back in February, after months (really years) of preparation, the V&A formally announced The Fabric of India to the press. Rosemary and Divia spoke with a number of journalists about all the spectacular objects that will be in the show – from Tipu Sultan’s 18th century tent to Manish Arora’s latest designs.  But one piece in particular got maybe […]

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Event Round-Up

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We’re very lucky at the V&A to have the details of inspiring and exciting events shared with us regularly, and we thought we might use this week’s post to pass these opportunities on to you. Over the coming weeks, you may find us at any of the following – we encourage you to come along […]

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All that glitters…

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  Sparkly gold embroidery (zardozi) has, to be honest, never been my favourite kind of Indian textile. But during the selection process of pieces for The Fabric of India I have surprised myself by developing a soft spot for other kinds of textile involving metal or metal-wrapped thread, and indeed for the metal materials themselves.   Many of […]

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Objects Alive

Object Lives scholars in the Clothworkers' Centre study room © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

This morning the Clothworkers’ Centre enjoyed a visit from a group of Canadian academics, part of a research group called Object Lives, funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Their aim, through the close study of objects, is to ‘assess the flow of goods into and from Northern North America’. Today’s session drew […]

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In the Thick of It

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What a month it has been! To all who missed a blog post last week, we can only apologise. We were all simply swamped! Over the past few weeks we’ve been working hard to complete the first draft of the exhibition label text, sort layout issues, make final changes to the book design, and take […]

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Guest Post: ‘Same but different’: Lehnga for every woman!

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  In a previous blog we visited a designer wedding show to take a glimpse at the luxury end of the wedding market. This week we have a very different perspective from our guest blogger Sucharita Beniwal. It has to be done today, the whole family including mother, father, aunts, sister with her children, and […]

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Forecasting rain

MISC.215:1-1988; Red rubber wellington boots; Dunlop, ca. 1959. Held by the Museum of Childhood © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

    The V&A’s Textiles and Fashion collection holds tens of thousands of objects and is one of the most comprehensive collections of its type in the world. Researching this huge collection is one of the greatest pleasures of my job but, being a busy boy, I cannot devote as much time to research as […]

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Raw Mango

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I remember my first encounter with a Raw Mango sari. In November 2010, at the end of a few long and intense weeks of visiting studios and meeting designers, my colleagues and I walked into the Good Earth store at Khan Market, Delhi.  On the second floor we saw lots of lovely things but outstanding […]

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A Riot of Colour

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In the past weeks I talked a lot about my filming reccie trips in India, but this is all now seeming a long time ago – the film crew have returned with lots of footage and we are hoping start editing very soon. Back at the V&A we are very busy.  We have now reached the part […]

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