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The Fabric of India

| Words by Ellena Johnstone |

The Victoria and Albert Museum is celebrating the incredible textiles of India

Here at the Insider Journeys UK office, we cannot wait to visit The Fabric of India, a new exhibition recently unveiled at The Victoria & Albert Museum, London celebrating the history of India’s sumptuous textiles. The exhibition is the first of its kind, showcasing 200 objects from historic and religious dress, to the latest in modern Indian fashion.

This intricate 20th century wall hanging from Gujarat, west India will be on display at the exhibition, which runs from 3 October 2015 to 10 January 2016.

India’s history has been shaped by the global trade in its hand-made textiles, and its fabrics are no less coveted to this day. Here we share some of the immersive insider experiences on our small group tours to India which offer travellers a glimpse into this iconic Indian trade:

Carpet weaving in Jaipur

In the bazaars and markets of Jaipur, visitors will find fabric and textile products to suit every taste. We take our travellers to view some of them being made by skilled craftspeople.

On our popular 7-Day Taste of India small group tours, we take travellers to observe a carpet weaving demonstration in Jaipur, a city famous for its intricate and colourful textiles.

Women’s cooperative in Dhonk

On the 14-Day Highlights of Rajasthan we visit a women’s cooperative on the outskirts of Ranthambore National Park. Here, local women and those from surrounding villages create and sell textiles to travellers passing through the community before entering Ranthambore. This gives the women and their families a much-needed supplementary income, and ensures local communities are supportive of conservation efforts.

Weaver’s colony in Kumbakonam

The origin of weaving in India dates back over 5,000 years. Industrialisation and the demand for mass-produced textiles threatened the industry, but now this traditional skill is experiencing a revival.

On our 10-Day Secrets of South India we visit a weaver’s colony at Darusaram, near Kumbakonam, in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, to learn how the rich textiles of this region are produced.


The Fabric of India, supported by Good Earth India, with thanks to Experion and Nirav Modi, is at the V and A from 3 October 2015 – 10 January 2016.

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