The Fabric of India

Early this week I had the pleasure of visiting the V&A museum with my Mum. This has fast become a regular occurrenceeach time she visits us, so it’s lucky that they have plenty to see and do!

 I find that visiting the V&A is always a fantastic source of interior inspiration.
The building itself is grand and on such a large scale, with it’s vast proportions and inctricate attention to detail. There is also some intresting examples of mixing the contemporary with the traditional, such as these oversized wire pendant lights that nest perfectly in the oppulent Victorian dining hall.
The grand victorian Dining Hall in the V&A.
We always find ourselves in the tile section due to a mutual love of all things ceramic. We took a few snaps for future inspiration.
Beautiful Moroccan tiles in the V&A.

This time we decide to explore the new Fabric of India exhibition, a bright and colourful celebration of India’s rich and dynamic textile trade. Spanning from the 3rd Century to the present day the collection walks you through India’s dynamic history of creating these splendid masterpieces.


Large floorcovering. Image courtesy of trendstop

      Ceremonial cloth, woven silk and gold wrapped thread, Admedabad for the Thai market. 19th Century. All images courtesy of Victoria & Albert Museum
Map Shawl, woollen embroidery. Kashmir 19th Century. All images courtesy of Victoria & Albert Museum.
Floorspread, painted and dyed, coromandel coast about 1630. All images courtesy of Victoria & Albert Museum.
Showcasing enormous skill and intricate handwork the exhibition focuses on the processes and tools traditionally used to create such intricate and fine fabrics. With rooms busting with examples from centuries of global trade – the collections displays how pattern, design and colour were adapted to suit a world of different markets and tastes. From courtly splendour and widely coveted chintz within the european market to the rich golds and bold colours favoured by the East.
The exhibition is open from 3rd October – 10th January and well worth a look. It certainly brightened up a wet and windy day!