30 October 2015

The Fabric of India

Running from 3 October 2015 – 10 January 2016, 'The Fabric of India' is an exhibition at the V&A which forms a part of their India Festival. It is the first major exhibition to explore the dynamic and multifaceted world of handmade textiles from India from the 3rd to the 21st century.

The exhibition will showcase the best of the Victoria and Albert Museum's world-renowned collection, as well as masterpieces from international partners and leading designers, incorporating in total over 200 objects. A lot of these items will be on display for the first time and will take in a range of historic dress, heirloom fabrics, and cutting-edge fashion.

Indian fabrics have forever been symbolic, whether that be of wealth, status or religion. Courtly splendour was shown by wearing sumptuous fabrics, while religious worship is still represented by sacred cloths. 

Today, young designers are adapting traditional making techniques to create exciting new fashion, art and design, and one of those designers is Geeta Handa of C-Atomic, a dealer, designer and artist, who is based within Vintage Modes at Grays. 

A British Asian designer and artist, Geeta has created a stunning collection of modern, vintage style pieces, using classic Indian fabrics. She has been Influenced by both her Indian and British heritage and each unique garment has been designed to be a combination of timeless ethnic fabrics and iconic western vintage silhouettes.

A vibrant mix of royal Benares handloom silks, Zardosi artisan embroidery work, Jhodpuri blue Jute, Buta (Paisley) Jacquards, Rajasthani Shisha (mirror) work and handcrafted embroidery is incorporated into both garments and accessories.

Black velour Indian fabric waistcoat, with gold and silver embroidery and gold piping.
Indian Benares silk pussy-bow blouse with woolen skirt

Chiffon Mix 'Bardot' Dress

C-Atomic, based within Vintage Modes
Grays Mews, lower-ground floor

All pieces available to view online: www.graysantiques.com/dealerDetail.php?dealer=547

07961 506 777 / geetahanda.c@gmail.com

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