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V&A museum to exhibit Rajesh Pratap Singh's Ajrakh jacket
Dec '14
Ajrakh jacket/c: V&A Museum
Ajrakh jacket/c: V&A Museum
The works of Indian fashion designer Rajesh Pratap Singh will be put up on display at an upcoming exhibit celebrating the legacy of Indian textiles at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

Part of the museum’s India Season celebration, the exhibition titled 'The Fabric of India' will aim to explore the intricacies and multifaceted nuances of handmade textiles, dated back from 3rd to the 21st centuries.

Delhi-based Singh’s iconic creations like the Gamchcha jacket and the east-meets-west style sensibilities incorporated Ajrakh Jacket, sourced from the museum’s permanent textile collections, will form a part of the exhibit.

A balanced amalgamation of hand-crafted techniques and contemporary technology, the stylish yet traditional ajrakh print-inspired women’s Ajrakh jacket is adorned with a mix of floral and western designs influenced human skull prints. A symbol of Indian heritage, technique, design and craftsmanship, the gamchcha jacket is intricately woven with handloom silk linen.

Apart from Singh’s designs, creations made by other contemporary Indian designers like Abraham and Thakore, Aneeth Arora, Rahul Mishra and Kallol Dutta alongside period cloths, including a royal tent that belonged to the early 18th century Indian ruler Tipu Sultan and few rare historic costumes, will be displayed at the event.

Slated to take place from September 26, 2015 to January 10, 2016, the exhibition will not only offer an in-depth analysis of the skills, variety and adaptability of Indian textile makers but would also provide a closer look into the enduring techniques followed by the artisans for dyeing, weaving and embroidery purposes.

With a prime focus to highlight the hand-crafted textiles’ relevance to Indian cultural identity, the exhibits will include textile pieces for religion and court uses, some fine highly priced creations meant for trading or exporting to foreign shores like Europe, the Middle East and South-East Asia, and an array of dresses and fabrics used for political reasons during the Independence Movement.

A graduate from National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Delhi, Rajesh Pratap Singh has showcased his collections in Paris and Milan other than India. The designer is known for his adaptation of traditional techniques into contemporary forms. (PB)

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