Textiles

Found throughout the Museum

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The V&A holds the national collection of textiles and fashion, which includes more than 75,000 individual objects or sets of objects that span a period of more than 5,000 years, from Predynastic Egypt to the present day.

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Almost all textile techniques are represented in our collections, including woven, printed and embroidered textiles, lace, tapestries and carpets. Among the particularly rich areas are early woven silks from the Near East, European and Chinese tapestries, English medieval embroidery (opus anglicanum), Safavid carpets, Indian textiles, and Arts and Crafts textiles.

Collection Highlights

Banner, Dunhuang, 700-900, Pattern and plain woven silk, wood and paint. LOAN:STEIN.619
Jumper, Elsa Schiaparelli, France, 1927, Hand-knitted wool. Museum no. T.388-1974
Bullerswood Carpet, designed by William Morris & John Henry Dearle, Morris & Co. at Merton Abbey Mills, about 1889, English, hand-knotted woollen pile on a cotton warp. Museum no. T.31-1923
Animals by the Watering Hole, tapestry, 'Ali Salim, 1985. Museum no. ME.1-2008
Martha Edlin's embroidered casket, 1671, English, wood covered in panels of satin embroidered with coloured silks & metal thread. Museum no. T.432-1990
Dress, trousers and shawl reputedly belonging to the Queen of Avadh, 19th century, Lucknow, India, Museum no. 0644(IS), 0645(IS) and 0646(IS). © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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