Avalon Fotheringham Biography

Sari, India, ca. 1867, 6107 (IS). Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

Name: Avalon Fotheringham

Role: Exhibition Research Assistant – Indian Textiles

Research Interests prose

As Exhibition Research Assistant for the Indian Textiles exhibition, my role is to facilitate and contribute to the development of this exhibition. My research has been both academic and practice-based, with a focus on historic and contemporary South Asian textiles. I am especially interested in histories of textile technologies and design change in South Asia. My most recent research has been into the introduction and reception of early synthetic dyes, American cotton and African indigo in India, and their consequences to Indian textile production. Additionally, I am very interested in the 19th century collection of Indian textiles by European collectors and institutions, and the representations of India portrayed through these collections.

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