Bharat Story: Why you should see V&A Museum’s The India Festival

OCT 13, 2015 | By Sneha Ullal Goel
Tipu’s Tent, dated 1725-1750.
Photograph courtesy National Trust Images. Some exhibits from the Linnaeus Tripe showcase: Amerapoora corner of Mygabhoodee-tee Kyoung, September 1 – October 21, 1855, Linnaeus Tripe.
Photograph courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Beekinpully Permauls Swing at Mariammah Covil, December 1857-January 1858, Linnaeus Tripe.
Photograph courtesy Collection of Charles Isaacs and Carol Nigro. Wall hanging detail cotton applique, Gujarat, 20th century.
Photograph courtesy Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Some of the exhibits at Fabric of India showcase: Gold embroiderers by Shivashanker Narayen, ca 1873.
Photograph courtesy British Library.

London’s Victoria and Albert Museum has been feeling a little blue, orange, white and green, of late. For the next few months, the world’s largest museum of art and design is paying a special tribute to India’s rich and historic textiles, sculptures and paintings. Through different exhibits and activities, its India Festival is currently hosting a long celebration of the 25th anniversary of its Nehru Gallery, home to key collections dated between 16th and 19th centuries.
The most important highlight is perhaps, The Fabric of India – an exhibition that chronicles the country’s rich and varied textile history till date. Incidently, this show is sponsored by Good Earth, which makes perfect sense, since the theme resonates well with the label’s identity. “We collaborated with V&A to create a co-branded signature line for retail, through each of our shops and Good Earth’s web boutique,” reveals Simran Lal, the brand’s CEO.
Apart from this showcase, you must also browse through Bejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection, for the breathtaking 17th century baubles; and Captain Linneaus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma, for the black and white landscape and architecture images shot between 1854 and 1860.
What: The India Festival Where: Victoria and Albert Museum, London When: Oct 2015 – Mar 2016 Website: