South Asian Design – Exhibition – Manchester Art Gallery – Textiles, Art, Crafts

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Exploring how South Asian traditional crafts are inspiring exciting contemporary art, design and fashion.

The South Asian countries of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are famous for their vibrant regional costumes, luxurious textiles and intricately detailed ceramic, stone or metal ornaments. Colour and surface pattern are used with intensity and passion in designs inspired by subjects ranging from spirituality to food and from current affairs to kitsch.

This exhibition, spanning the last three centuries, gives a taste of designs and techniques from this incredibly creative, resourceful and culturally diverse part of the world. Historic ceramics, textiles and metalwork from Manchester City Galleries’ historic collections have been specially conserved for display in this exhibition.

The exhibition also explores how the region’s traditional crafts are inspiring contemporary art, design and fashion. Highlights include art by Adeela Suleman, fashion by Tarun Tahiliani and Manish Arora and product design by Cobalt Studios, Rubberband and Tiipoi. The gallery has also commissioned Halima Cassell to create a stunning new sculpture hand carved in terracotta, South Asia’s most iconic ceramic ware.

Rubberband, The Table That Almost Wasn’t

October 27 2017


Date: October 27, 2017
Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

An event every day that begins at 10:00am, repeating until November 7, 2017

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Borough Manchester
Age 05 to 10, 11 to 15, 16 to 18, 18 and over (Adult), All ages
Level Novice
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Audience Anyone interested in arts, textiles and design


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