Textiles

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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.

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Photo of Banner, 700 – 900, Dunhuang, China. Museum no. LOAN:STEIN.619. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Banner, 700 – 900, Dunhuang, China. Museum no. LOAN:STEIN.619. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Jumper, Elsa Schiaparelli, 1927, France. Museum no. T.388-1974. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Jumper, Elsa Schiaparelli, 1927, France. Museum no. T.388-1974. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Bullerswood Carpet, William Morris and John Henry Dearle, about 1889, England. Museum no. T.31-1923. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Bullerswood Carpet, William Morris and John Henry Dearle, about 1889, England. Museum no. T.31-1923. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of 'Animals by the Watering Hole', tapestry, Ali Salim, 1985. Museum no. ME.1-2008. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
'Animals by the Watering Hole', tapestry, Ali Salim, 1985. Museum no. ME.1-2008. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Martha Edlin's embroidered casket, 1671, England. Museum no. T.432-1990. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Martha Edlin's embroidered casket, 1671, England. Museum no. T.432-1990. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Dress, trousers and shawl reputedly belonging to the Queen of Avadh, 19th century, Lucknow, India. Museum nos. 0644(IS), 0645(IS) and 0646(IS). © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Dress, trousers and shawl reputedly belonging to the Queen of Avadh, 19th century, Lucknow, India. Museum nos. 0644(IS), 0645(IS) and 0646(IS). © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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