November 30, 2018

Inside Cincinnati Art Museum's 'The Fabric of India' Exhibition

Like the process of creating textiles itself, Cincinnati Art Museum’s The Fabric of India exhibition weaves intricate threads that tell the story of a country steeped in rich history, culture and tradition. And perhaps India’s tale is best recounted through the art of creating cloth, a symbol not only of the past, but also of modern possibilities. In part, it was that narrative underscoring the sheer beauty of many Indian fabrics that inspired Cynthia Amnéus — the museum’s curator of fashion arts and textiles — to bring the exhibit, originally organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, to Cincinnati. For the full feature, click here. The Fabric of India runs through Jan. 6, 2019 at the Cincinnati Art Museum. More information on special exhibition prices can be found at cincinnatiartmuseum.org.
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"The Fabric of India" exhibit at the Cincinnati Art Museum
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"The Fabric of India" exhibit at the Cincinnati Art Museum
A  room hanging, or “bithiya,” from the early 20th century found on the streets of New York City in 1994
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A room hanging, or “bithiya,” from the early 20th century found on the streets of New York City in 1994
Contemporary saris showcase how Indian designers bring tradition into modern fashion
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Contemporary saris showcase how Indian designers bring tradition into modern fashion
High-end, modern fashion clothing pieces
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High-end, modern fashion clothing pieces
Contemporary Indian clothing
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Contemporary Indian clothing
Wedding ensembles designed by Sabyasachi Mukhergee in 2014
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Wedding ensembles designed by Sabyasachi Mukhergee in 2014
(Left to right) Blouse and salwar designed by Asha Sarabhai for Raag Ahmedabad, Gujarat; Coat by Brigitte Singh, 2014
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(Left to right) Blouse and salwar designed by Asha Sarabhai for Raag Ahmedabad, Gujarat; Coat by Brigitte Singh, 2014
Examples of clothing made from khadi cloth, a symbol of the Indian independence movement
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Examples of clothing made from khadi cloth, a symbol of the Indian independence movement
Handwoven head scarves dyed with various techniques
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Handwoven head scarves dyed with various techniques
Inside Cincinnati Art Museum's 'The Fabric of India' Exhibition
Hailey Bollinger