Indian Textile Indulgence

It was rainy and miserable out today (Saturday 18 November 2017) but I was immune to it as I listened to two excellent talks focused on Indian textiles

The first was given by Eiluned Edwards, Associate Professor in Global Cultures of Textiles and Dress at Nottingham Trent University. A regular lecturer at the V&A who has published widely on Indian textiles, dress and fashion, and is currently working on a British Academy project with Ambedkar University Delhi, the Craft Revival Trust and rural artisans in Kachchh, Gujarat.

Her talk was entitled Crafting Fashion in India: Artisans, Designers and Cultural Heritage. A fascinating talk with some beautiful textiles pieces to enjoy.

Indigo

Embroidered braid

Click here to read and Interview with Curator Eiluned Edwards, Imprints of Culture, Bonington Gallery (Aesthetica magazine).

The second speaker was Avalon Fotheringham talking about Indian Textiles from the V & A Collections.

Avalon is the Curator of the South Asian Textile Collections at the V&A With a special interest in the histories of textile technologies and design change in Southern Asia and the external influences of trade with Europe and America. Formerly a Research Assistant on the ‘Fabric of India Exhibition’.

Avalon gripped the audience throughout with her passion for Indian textiles and encouraged people to make an appointment to visit the Clothmakers Centre – soon to be in the diary!

A truly wonderful day and so looking forward to my next trip to India in January next year!

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