Proving to be the highlight of the V&A’s India Festival, The Fabric of India opened its doors for an exclusive press preview today.
The exhibition offers an introduction to the raw materials and processes which go into the handcrafted textile pieces, as well as a celebration of the vibrant culture and traditions of the country.
A wide variety of handmade examples are on display, from everyday pieces to ceremonial banners, creating a visual compendium of India’s diverse array of fabrics. Traditional techniques of wood-blocking, weaving and embroidery are showcased through elaborate wall hangings and couture wedding costumes.
Wealth, power and religious devotion are all expressed through textiles, and the exhibition examines how fabrics are used in courtly and spiritual life. Modern day examples of how these traditional crafts have fed into contemporary fashion can be seen in the designs of Manish Auroa, whose work reflects the cultural crafts and intricate handwork of these traditions.
The Fabric of India is open to the public from 3rd October – 10th January.