Embroidery from India and Pakistan @ The Rubin Museum

Mirror cloth bag

Mirror cloth bag

The photo above is of a small handwoven Indian mirror cloth bag that I’ve had since Indian culture inspired Allen Ginsberg and The Beatles. I excavated it to illustrate this post about the “Color and Light” embroidery show, comfortably installed on the 4th floor of the Rubin Museum until May 11.

It’s a must-see for textile lovers: The extravagantly labor-intensive South Asian textiles are quilted, tie-dyed, appliquéd, felted, tasseled, and tatted, as well as being embroidered with silk thread, mirrors, and iridescent beetle wing casings. In other words, it’s a very colorful and diverse exhibition of clothing, home (from tent to palace) decoration, animal coverings, and ceremonial items (from the collection of the Textile Museum of Canada).

I lucked into an impromptu private tour of some of the highlights, so I know that many interesting details are not mentioned in the wall descriptions. My recommendation is to look closely and take a tour if you can.

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