News: India

  1. The ubiquitous ikat

    We are excited to announce a new feature in the front section of HALI Magazine. ‘The Common Thread’ focuses on different textile types from around the world with a shared theme, either decorative or technical. In our latest issue, HALI 200, we look at ikat weavings.

  2. Traded Treasures: Indian Textiles for Global Markets

    Currently on show at The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, ‘Traded Treasure: Indian Textiles for Global Markets’, spans five hundred years of the history of India’s thriving commerce to Southeast Asia, Europe, and Japan, an exhibition that reveals why Indian textiles were in demand the world over. 

  3. An eye for the tigers

    Exclusive rugs designed by contemporary artists take the tiger and traditional tiger rugs as inspiration—and, as Stephanie Douglas explains, aim to support the conservation of these awe-inspiring creatures.

  4. ‘The Fabric of India’, Cincinnati Art Museum, closing 6 January 2019

    ‘The Fabric of India’, co-curated by Rosemary Crill, is on show at Cincinnati Art Museum until 6 January 2019. The US show is based on the 2015-2016 Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition featuring two-hundred handmade Indian textiles from the fifteenth century to today.

  5. Anatomy of an Object: A Phulkari Embroidery

    The silk embroidered shawls of the Punjab combine the aesthetic of folk art with the rich varied silk hues of precious luxury. Ben Evans reveals the techniques and traditions lying below the surface of these vibrant textiles.

  6. Indigo Sutra

    The cultivation of indigo dye across the Indian subcontinent is growing. Here Jenny Balfour Paul recounts her experience at Indigo Sutra, an international event on the revival and resurgence of natural indigo held in Kolkata.

  7. The Fabric of India at the V&A

    The Victoria and Albert Museum have announced a major textile exhibition. The Fabric of India, supported by Good Earth will present 200 handmade objects that will celebrate the variety, virtuosity and incomparable richness of India’s textile traditions, 3 October 2015 – 10 January 2016.

  8. Baluchar Silks of Bengal, Mumbai

    The exhibition ‘Sahib, Bibi, Nawab: Baluchar Silks of Bengal 1750–1900’ is at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (formerly the Prince of Wales Museum), Mumbai, 12 December 2014 to 11 January 2015.

  9. Peabody Essex buys Dutch Chintz collection

    The historic Massachusetts seaport of Salem is perhaps best known for the Witch Trials of 1692, brought to life in Arthur Miller’s 1953 play The Crucible. However, these days the city is also home to the Peabody Essex Museum, which holds a world-renowned Asian export art collection offering particular insight into 18th-century textile design, production… Read more »


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