Fabric of India in London to open its doors from Oct 3 to Jan 10, 2016

YarnsandFibers News Bureau 2015-02-26 16:00:00 – London

The Victoria & Albert Museum in London will open its doors to The Fabric of India which will run from October 3 to January 10, 2016. The Fabric of India will showcase close to 200 handmade objects, from the earliest known Indian textile fragments to contemporary fashion.

The exhibit will display pieces from ancient ceremonial banners, to a tent used by Tipu Sultan (1750-1799), the famed ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore and also a stunning range of historic costume, highly prized textiles made for international trade, and cutting-edge fashion by celebrated Indian designers.

The objects will be from 3rd to the 21st century and is said to be on display for the first time along with renowned masterworks and the very latest in Indian contemporary design

Ambassador Ajai Malhotra IFS (Retd.), newly appointed Chairman of the Nehru Trust, said that over the past quarter century The Nehru Trust for the Indian Collections at the V&A, working closely with the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and a wide range of other organizations in India and the UK, has contributed significantly to the development of professional skills and scholarship in museology and conservation in India. The NTICVA will even more actively promote interest in India’s vast and magnificent art and cultural heritage in the years ahead.

The exhibit will show how cloths is made as well as learning on how wealth, power and religious devotion are all expressed through textiles.

The highlight of the V&A’s India Festival will be the display of some of the most astonishing skills and variety evident in this incomparably rich tradition will surprise and inform even those with prior knowledge of the subject, and is sure to delight visitors.

The exhibit takes place as part of the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Museum’s Nehru Gallery. The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, is the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design, housing a permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects. It was founded in 1852 and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The V&A is located in the Brompton district of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

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