The Fabric of India

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 (© Richard Davis)
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© Richard DavisFloorspread painted and dyed cotton, 1630.
 (© Christine Smith)
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© Christine SmithMuslin border embroidered with beetle wings, probably Hyderabad, 19th century.
 (© Abraham Thakore)
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© Abraham ThakoreHoundstooth Sari by Abraham and Thakore, 2011.
 (© Richard Davis)
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© Richard DavisRabari child's jacket, cotton embroidered with silk Kutch, 20th century.
 (© Shivashanker Narayen)
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© Shivashanker NarayenGold Embroiderers, 1873.
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Wall hanging detail, cotton appliqué, 20th century.
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Map shawl woollen embroidery, 19th century.
 (© Rajesh Pratap Singh)
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© Rajesh Pratap SinghWomen's 'Ajrak' Jacket, digitally printed linen, designed by Rajesh Pratap Singh, Delhi, 2010
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Wall hanging of embroidered cotton with silks, 1700.
 (© Paul Robins)
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© Paul RobinsLady holding a flower. Watercolour and gold on paper, late 17th century.
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Ceremonial cloth woven silk and gold wrapped thread, made for the Thai market, 19th century.

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Sumptuous Indian textiles come under the spotlight in the V&A's major autumn 2015 exhibition

One of the museum's major exhibitions for autumn 2015, this show also forms a focus for a V&A season of events around India. Spanning a head-spinning time period from the third century to the present day, 'The Fabric of India' brings together 200 handmade textiles that reflect the country's cultural heritage. Highlights include an eighteenth-century sultan's tent, sumptuous historic costumes, and contemporary fashion by Manish Arora.

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