Spanning seventeen centuries of stunning handmade Indian fabrics, the V&A’s Fabric of India exhibition gathers together a wealth of sumptuous textiles and provides an unmissable centrepiece for the museum’s India season.
The exhibition brings together two hundred fascinating and exquisite textiles to tell the story of Indian fabric across the centuries. Showcasing fine examples of textiles from different regions and eras including spectacular wall hangings, robes, bed covers and dresses, this ravishing show manages to be both educational and visually stunning. The show also provides plenty of religious and cultural context to accompany its beautiful exhibits.
Ancient ceremonial banners, sacred temple hangings, bandanna handkerchiefs and even a meticulously reconstructed tent used by the infamous Tipu Sultan are among the many highlights, but the show also provides considerable insight into the ingenious processes behind these gorgeous works of textile art and their uses today by contemporary designers.