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Indian embassy plans exhibition featuring textile heritage in Oman
October 11, 2015 | 9:19 PM
by Staff Reporter
Titled 'Vastram-Splendid World of Indian Textiles', the exhibition will showcase the richness and diversity of Indian textiles. It will familiarise Omani youngsters with the centuries-old Indian textile industry and its qualities, Indra Mani Pandey, the Indian ambassador to Oman. Photo-Times of Oman
 
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Muscat: As part of the efforts to enhance cultural ties between India and Oman, the Indian Embassy in Muscat will exhibit a textile collection featuring examples from different parts of India, from October 15 to 25, at the Avenues Mall in Muscat, according to the embassy officials.



“Titled Vastram-Splendid World of Indian Textiles, the exhibition will showcase the richness and diversity of Indian textiles. It will familiarise Omani youngsters with the centuries-old Indian textile industry and its qualities,” Indra Mani Pandey, the Indian ambassador to Oman, said.

“The various items of textiles belonging to the Indian government, will be displayed at the Promenade Garden in the Avenues Mall, accompanied by cultural programmes to attract the visitors from 7pm onwards,” the ambassador added.

Timing


The textile items are currently on display in Cambodia, from where these are being brought for display here. “The exhibition will be open from 10am until 10pm for a period of 10 days. Thirty kinds of traditional textiles in three different categories of painted/printed, woven/non-woven, embroidery and embellishments will be showcased,” the ambassador said.

Jamdani sarees, Chanderi weave, Chamba rumals, Pulkahree, Sujani, Kantha, Ikat and Patachitra paintings will be among items displayed in the exhibition.

Shelly Jyoti, a fashion designer and an independent curator whose work references the cultural context of Indian history, will be the curator of the exhibition. Jyoti trained with National Institute of Fashion Technology in New Delhi as a fashion designer.

After Oman exhibition, the collection will be displayed in four other countries, namely, Ethiopia, Turkey, Fiji and Nepal.

The exhibition is being organised by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), a government of India body founded in 1950 with the objectives of fostering and strengthening cultural relations and mutual understanding between India and other countries.

Indian textiles were a principal commodity in the pre-industrial age trade and were prized for their fineness in weave, brilliance in colour, rich variety in designs and a dyeing technology which achieved a fastness of colour unrivalled in the world.

Both material and textual evidence attests to the consumption of Indian cloth from Gujarat to Sindh, Egypt to Iran and Central Asia, other countries in the West Asia from as early as 11th century.

By 15th century, the export of cotton textiles to the markets in the Indian Ocean was happening on a large scale. By 16th century, Indian cottons had achieved global reach through trade, dominating the world’s textile market.

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