Unfolding: New Indian Textiles

Today, I bring you the third part in the Melbourne Textile Trilogy (parts 1 and 2 here and here). This final instalment is at RMIT and is called Unfolding: New Indian Textiles.

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Unlike at the Chinese exhibition at the NGV, there was no guided tour here, but I could still tell that there were a lot of different techniques on display – shibori (although it’s probably called something else in India!) in the shawl on the left for instance. And colour EVERYWHERE.20150506_172541

The textile wall art was stunning. Sort of 1970s, but very contemporary too. Sequins and beads and stitches, oh my!

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Beads, sequins, metallic thread and raw yarn create so much texture and detail. And I love the use of complementary colours. Can’t you imagine this as an illustration in a kids’ picture book?
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I’ve never been great at drawing – or embroidery, for that matter – but this kind of thing makes me want to try. The exhibition is only on for a little bit longer, so visit soon if you can – if you’re a CBD worker it would be a lovely way to fill your lunch hour, or you could drop in after work as the gallery is open until 7pm on Wednesdays.

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