Muslin Trust visit the V&A Archives

How Jamdani woven patterns changed over time

The Muslin Trust took a delegation of supporters, friends and textile enthusiasts to the Victoria and Albert Museum Archives in Kensington, London where a special presentation was given by Avalon Fotheringham, curator for South Asian textiles. Visitors were able to see how Jamdani, a flowered muslin had changed over the years due to innovations in the industry and consumer demands in both south Asia and in the United Kingdom (1600 onwards). They also saw a newly acquired Jamdani garment by the V&A as a piece of ‘living heritage’.

Later the delegation were given a tour of the permanent gallery where fine cottons, muslin garments and accessories are now on display as part of the V&A’s South Asia collection.

Muslin Trust would like to thanks Avalon Fotheringham for a fascinating historical lesson on how muslin was made and exported.

Photographs of the visit can be seen in the following online gallery.

Photographs by Saif Osmani (2023)

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