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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, 600 – 900 AD, Dunhuang, China, pattern and plain woven silk, wood and paint
Cravat, jumper, designed by Elsa Schiaparelli, 1927, France.
The Bullerswood Carpet, designed by William Morris and John Henry Dearle, 1889, London, England
Animals by the Watering Hole, tapestry, by 'Ali Salim, 1985, Egypt
embroidered casket
Embroidered casket, made by Martha Edlin, 1671, England
Ensemble, unknown, early 19th century, India