Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum participates in Google Arts and Culture’s We Wear Culture exhibition

JUN 19, 2017 | By Ayman Contractor
L-R: Cotton waiting to be ginned for export, print, Indian Pictorial Education, published by Times of India Press, 1930.
Photographs courtesy Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum;Clay models of Mumbai communities, half-baked terracotta and pigments, early 20th century, Mumbai;Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum is one of the 180 institutions to participate in Google Arts and Culture's global We Wear Culture virtual exhibit.
Google Arts and Culture launched We Wear Culture, the largest virtual exhibition project by the internet giant. The project allows viewers to trace thousands of years of history through global fashion. Google uses ultra-high resolution images sourced from the museums to help people get a clearer view from the comfort of their desktops or their cellphones. From the history of the Silk Road and Chanel’s Little Black Dress to Europe’s regal fashions and even the history of textiles in India, various styles have been documented in this exhibition.
Mumbai’s oldest museum, Dr Bhau Daji Lad is one of the 180 cultural institutions around the world that are participating in this virtual gallery. The BDL Museum joins the league of other renowned museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, China National Silk Museum, Museo Salvatore Ferragamo in Italy, Les Arts Decoratifs in France and African Heritage House in Kenya.
The BDL Musuem puts up three exhibitions: Textiles and Attires: From the 19th to early 20th Century Bombay Presidency, Rare Books on Indian Textiles and Clothing from the 19th and early 20th Century and Cotton Manufacture Trade and Textiles. Through these we can explore how Indian regals dressed in the past, rare cloth samples of the 19th Century and the history of textiles such as that of indigo dyed textiles in India. We recommend Dr John Forbes Watson’s collection of fabric samples titled Textile Manufactures of India, of which there are only 20 in the world.
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