The Fabric of India

Detail from a wall hanging

From Tipu’s Tent (1725 – 1750) to an Isabel Marant dress, this beautifully presented exhibition covers the gamut of Indian textiles.  There are over 200 objects made by hand on show that reveal the amazing variety, creativity and skills of Indian textile makers  From ancient ceremonial banners to contemporary saris, the detail is fascinating and it’s astonishing, for example, to realise that a pristine chintz jacket and petticoat is from the 1720s. The show explores first the basic fibres and processes of Indian materials and then follows with early and rare examples.  It then goes on to show how European industrialisation threatened to eradicate Indian hand making skills in the 19th Century and how by the early 20th Century, Indian textiles had become a major symbol of resistance to British rule. It’s a great show and we highly recommend going to see it.  Don’t miss out, also, on the other parts of the V&A India Festival, including the family cultural festival focussed around Diwali planned for October half term and plenty of workshops and talks such as Michael Palin discussing his experiences of travelling in India on 8th December.

The Fabric of India at the V&A
Until 10 January 2016
V&A, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL
— Francesca
6th October 2015