Exhibition dates: 19 October 2018 – 6 January 2019
Discover the richness of Indian textiles from the fifteenth century to today in The Fabric of India, on view at the Cincinnati Art Museum 19 October 19, 2018 – 6 January, 2019. Organised by the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum in London, this exhibition showcases the finest examples from the V&A’s world-renowned collection together with masterpieces from international partners, leading fashion and textile designers and additions from the Cincinnati Art Museum’s permanent collection.
Handmade textiles are embedded in every aspect of India’s identity and the history of these fabrics dates back at least 6,000 years. Long before Europeans landed on the shores of the subcontinent, Indians were using indigenous resources to create colourful textiles desired around the world. Handwoven, printed, dyed and embellished fabrics were so central to the subcontinent’s character that in ancient Greece and Babylon the very name “India” was shorthand for “cotton.” Today a lively textile and fashion industry thrives in India.
The exhibition is organised in six thematic sections, exploring courtly splendour exemplified by sumptuous fabrics and dress alongside finely crafted sacred cloth used for religious worship. Centuries of global trade shaped by the export of Indian textiles is examined, illustrating a robust aesthetic exchange between artisans and their clients. The political power of textiles is considered through their use as a symbol of power and protest in the quest for independence in the early twentieth century.
Today, Indian designers and artists are adapting traditional techniques to create exciting new fashion, art and design for a global audience, giving India’s textile history a new relevance in the modern world. Innovative dress by contemporary fashion designers, including Manish Arora, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Abraham and Thakore, Rahul Mishra, Aneeth Arora and others will be on display.
For more information visit the website of the Cincinnati Art Museum
A one-day Symposium will also be held on 16 November featuring OATG founder Ruth Barnes. Click here for more details.
Event date: Monday 14 December 2015, 7pm (doors open at 6pm)
The Oriental Rug and Textile Society made a booking error, so Rosemary Crill’s lecture will now be on Monday, December 14th. The committee apologises for inconveniences caused. For anyone who missed the OATG talk by Rosemary Crill in October, this is your second chance!
Rosemary Crill is the beloved, internationally respected Senior Curator for South and Southeast Asian Textiles and Dress, Middle Eastern Carpets, Textiles and Dress, and South Asian Painting at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. She will discuss the exhibition ‘The Fabric of India’ which she has curated at the Victoria and Albert Museum. This talk will give a privileged insight into her project, and the exhibition catalogue will be available to purchase. This major exhibition of the V&A’s India Festival will explore handmade Indian textiles from the third to the twenty-first century.
The talk will be held at St James Conference Room, 197 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LL.
The Conference Room entrance is in the Church Place passageway, which runs between Jermyn Street and Piccadilly. There is a wrought iron gate signed ‘Church Hall Conference Room’ leading downstairs. Drinks and snacks will be served.
Piccadilly Circus tube is 5 minutes’ walk, and Green Park Tube is 10 minutes’ walk. There is free parking in St James Square after 6.30pm.
Please note this is an Oriental Rug and Textile Society event, but non-members are welcome to attend: £7 single lecture, £5 students, or choose £20 for one year’s membership (11 events).
For more information, visit the website of the Oriental Rug and Textile Society.
Event date: Tuesday 20 October 2015, 6pm
Rosemary Crill has curated the new Victoria & Albert Museum exhibition, ‘The Fabric of India’, which is showing at the V&A from 3 October 2015 to 10 January 2016. The exhibition is the highlight of the V&A’s India Festival and is the first major exhibition to explore the dynamic and multifaceted world of handmade textiles from India from the 3rd to the 21st century. Rosemary is also the author of the exhibition catalogue. She will be talking to the Oxford Asian Textile Group next week, in what promises to be a fantastic opportunity to hear about this new exhibition, which has had excellent reviews in the press so far.
Rosemary is the V&A’s Senior Curator for South & Southeast Asian textiles and dress, Middle Eastern carpets, textiles and dress and South Asian painting.
This event will be held at the Pauling Centre, 58a Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6QS.
Timing: 6pm for a 6:15pm start. The talk will be followed by questions and drinks, and will finish at 8:15pm.
Tickets are free for OATG members, or £3 for non-members.