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Trade in Asia 1500-1800

Trade with Asia 1500-1800

In 1498 the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama landed on the west coast of India. His arrival established the first direct contact between western Europe and maritime Asia, ushering in a period of commercial, cultural and technological exchange. This signalled not only the beginnings of a global market but also a profound change in taste and lifestyle that still influences our lives today. In 2004, the V&A hosted the exhibition 'Encounters: The Meeting of Asia and Europe 1500-1800'

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Medieval Jewellery: In Europe 1100-1500

Medieval Jewellery: In Europe 1100-1500

Jewellery hasalways been of central importance to all human societies, but medieval jewelleryis relatively less well-known. This book draws on the imp…

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Game: Luxury Time

Are you worthy? Do you have the skill and focus to take on our challenge of making three luxury objects in our online game?

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Event - Clothworkers’ Centre: Indian Textiles

Thu 29 October 2015 14:30–16:00

Co-curator Rosemary Crill will show and discuss a range of textiles reflecting the variety and virtuosity of the pieces in the exhibition, including seventeenth-century trade
embroidery, Kashmir shawls and woven silks.

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