The Manchester Indian: Thomas Wardle and India
|11 December 2009 - 1 July 2010
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|Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm. Sunday 12 - 4pm. Admission is free, and we are open on Bank Holiday Mondays.
Scintillating silk saris and sample lengths collected from India are amongst the textile treasures on display in this exhibition which marks the centenary of the death of Thomas Wardle (1831 - 1909). Still perhaps best known for his collaboration with William Morris, Wardle also made great efforts to reinvigorate the silk industry in India. During a visit there in 1885-6 he collected sample lengths of fabric which yielded intricate Indian designs and fabulous silks. These are featured in the exhibition together with fabrics printed and dyed by Wardle's company in Leek, Staffordshire, and which reveal the profound influence of Indian design on British textiles of the Arts and Crafts Movement.
This exhibition has been co-curated by Dr Brenda King, author of Silk and Empire, and lecturer at the University of Salford
Textile Intelligence, the learning project for this exhibition, is supported by The Ernest Cook Foundation.
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