Art show reveals Mumbai textile legacy

24th Sep 2012

A new exhibition in Mumbai is giving visitors a unique insight into the city's textile legacy, its effect on local people and the journey taken by these Indian products across the world.

The Social Fabric show, held at the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, includes the work of contemporary Indian artists Sudhir Patwardhan and Archana Hande as well as Alice Creischer from Germany and UK-based Celine Condorelli.

It features oral accounts and original artefacts such as mill labels and publicity from the 19th century, which are telling reminders of the trade's important history. Visitors will appreciate the heritage on show, with former mill stronghold Girangaon only footsteps away.

Textiles have been used in the artworks to examine working conditions, markets, colonialism, revolutionary politics and trade among other things. Integral to the show is Karl Marx' documentation of the rise and fall of the textile trade and the impact in India and Britain.

According to the show's curators, this is an unmissable event for anyone interested in Mumbai's past. It has been organised with the assistance of the Institute of International Visual Arts (Iniva), London and runs until November 11.

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