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Floor spread of resist-dyed and mordant dyed cotton, Mughal, possibly made in Burhanpur, late 17th century-early 18th century, IM.69-1930. Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Floor spread of resist-dyed and mordant dyed cotton, Mughal, possibly made in Burhanpur, late 17th century-early 18th century, IM.69-1930. Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

A major exhibition of Indian textiles to be held at the V&A from 3 October 2015 to 10 January 2016.

Co-curated by Rosemary Crill and Divia Patel of the V&A’s Asian Department, The Fabric of India will be the first major exhibition to fully explore the incomparably rich world of handmade textiles from India. Showcasing the technical mastery and creativity of Indian textile making from the 3rd century to the present day, the exhibition will examine the cultural, economic and political importance of Indian textiles both in India and around the world.

Five sections focussing on the materials and techniques of Indian textiles, their use in religious and courtly contexts, their appeal to international consumers, the impact of industrialisation on their making, and the very latest innovations of cutting edge Indian fashion design will be explored through 200 unique and exciting objects, both historic and contemporary.

Displaying the best of the V&A’s world-renowned collection together with masterpieces from international collections, the exhibition will feature many objects  which will be on display for the first time.

A major publication will also accompany the exhibition.

Project Leads: Rosemary Crill,  Divia Patel, Co-curators
Project Assistant: Avalon Fotheringham, Exhibition Research Assistant

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