The Fabric of India: the Ghost of the India Museum in London

The Victorianist: BAVS Postgraduates

Barbara Franchi is a final-year PhD student and Assistant Lecturer at the School of English, University of Kent. Her thesis examines the role of intertextuality and ekphrasis in the fiction of A. S. Byatt, and her research interests are neo-Victorian fiction, feminism, postcolonial studies and fairy tales. She teaches Nineteenth-Century literature and Critical Theory at Kent.


Twitter: @barbara_franchi

Have you ever wondered where the word cotton comes from? Or what a bandanna is made of? And do you know what these two words have in common with British imperialism and Gandhi’s non-violent revolution for India’s independence? I found the answers to all these questions and many more at a recent visit to the colourful, rich and fascinating exhibition The Fabric of India, which ran at the Victorian and Albert Museum between October 2015 and the 10th of January this year. This exhibition celebrated the Indian textile…

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