14th to 19th century Indian garments and textiles on display at Asian Civilisations Museum
These “luxurious” textiles served as symbols of wealth, decorated homes, clothed people and were used in ritualistic practices.
The Asian Civilisations Museum’s (ACM) refreshed Fashion and Textiles Gallery now showcases exquisite Indian garments and textiles from the 14th to 19th century, the museum said in a press release on Thursday (Mar 23)
Titled Textiles Masters to the World: The global desire for Indian cloth, the exhibition features 27 pieces of clothing that have not been on display for over a decade, including some from the National Collection.
The textiles used to design the featured clothes reflect a myriad of advanced design techniques and production technology, including dye printing, block printing and hand embroidery.
With its versatile functions, these textiles also served as symbols of wealth, decorated homes, clothed people and were used in rituals.
The textiles were originally from Gujarat and Coromandel coast in India, before reaching the shores of countries such as Indonesia, Egypt and Japan, where they eventually cross-influenced local designs, materials and fashion.
The Textiles Masters to the World: The global desire for Indian cloth exhibition is open daily at the Fashion and Textiles Gallery on the third level of the museum from 10am to 7pm.
Entry is free for Singaporeans and permanent residents.