The Fabric Of India at the Victoria and Albert Museum


Wall hanging (detail), cotton appliqué, Gujarat Pinterest


Travel back in time and witness the colour and beauty of historic textiles with The Fabric of India at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

The global export of Indian textiles is first noticeable in Europe between the 17th and 19th centuries, when many spectacular wall hangings, robes, bed covers and dresses included Indian motifs became an appealing novelty.

Get up close to around 200 handmade items as you marvel at the technical mastery, creativity and virtuosity of those who have produced these treasures, from the earliest known textile fragments to contemporary fashion.

Highlights include previously unseen rarities, including ancient ceremonial banners, sacred temple hangings, bandanna handkerchiefs and even an impressive tent used by the infamous Tipu Sultan, ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore.

Educational and visually spectacular, this is a fascinating glimpse of a creative industry that helped change the world.


Venue Details & Map

Victoria and Albert Museum

Cromwell Road
South Kensington
+44 (0)20 7942 2000
Public transport:
Tube: South Kensington, Knightsbridge Train: Victoria. Follow the Museums tunnel from South Kensington Underground.

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