Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj
Vastu Sangrahalaya

formerly prince of wales museum of western india


New Gallery at CSMVS to Open up the world of Indian Textiles

Date : 30.04.2015
Contact : Bilwa Kulkarni
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CSMVS introduces new permanent gallery that map the textile heritage of India (12th May 2015)

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (formerly Prince of Wales Museum of Western India), Mumbai after a long wait is ready to give the city a much needed and awaited textile gallery. The dream was realized with the grant from the Ministry of Culture, Government of India and Praful & Shilpa Shah Foundation under the Metro Museum Modernization Plan. The Museum is now geared up to open its doors to public on 12th May 2015 to its myriad collection of ‘Indian Textile and Costume’ woven through the passage of life.

The gallery follows the thread of Sant Kabir’s ‘jhini jhini bini chadariya, kah ke tana kah ke bharni, kaun taar se bini chadariya, ingla pingla taana bharni, sushumna tar se bini chadariya...’ where the poet talks about the refined and subtle yarn spun on the wheel to weave a complex interlaced string of life. We bring you that fiber of happiness through numerous stitched and unstitched fabrics that narrate an incredible story of relationship between man and textile, which has always been considered as ‘second skin’ – a layer of protection.

After a hiatus of 15 years due to various conservational issues, the Trustees of the Museum decided to overcome the challenges of textile fragility and effect of climate on them that most of the museums in India face. It took the team of CSMVS alongwith other partners three years to carefully design the theme based on research and, select, conserve and display them in a climate controlled environment.

The gallery will also highlight few historically significant textile pieces, such as the treasures of Nana Phadnis (1714 – 1800) a minister of the Peshwas and a jhabla-topi worn by Jamsetji Tata, the founder of Tata Empire for his sixth day ceremony on 8th March 1839 after his birth. Besides Museum collection, a special dedicated space has also been created to accommodate the wonderful fabrics from the TAPI Collection (a collection of Praful and Shilpa Shah).

Keeping the importance of rich textile heritage of India in mind, the curators will release an illustrated informative guidebook for visitors. The gallery also has interactive features for young visitors. This is the first time that a permanent gallery has direct contribution from many friends of Museum who have generously shared their family photographs. These photographs have been used at places as memories. We want you to come and experience this unique journey with us and feel proud of being Indian.

The gallery will be formally inaugurated on 11th May 2015 by eminent art historian, Dr. B. N. Goswamy.

Notes to the Editor

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (formerly Prince of Wales Museum of Western India) is one the premier art and history museums in India situated in the Crescent Site on the southern tip of Mumbai. The Museum building is designed in the Indo-Saracenic architectural style and is listed a Grade I Heritage Building. The Museum houses a world class collection of over 50,000 artifacts which comprises of various forms of art from India and beyond i.e. Far-East, Nepal, Tibet and Europe. It has an important archaeological collection and a natural history section, which are major attractions for children. This spectacular collection comprises of purchases and generous donations from dignitaries like Sir Ratan Tata and Sir Dorabji Tata. Several artifacts have been acquired from Seth Purshottam Mavji, Karl and Meherbai Khandalavala and the Archaeological Survey of India.

The Museum has won an award for Heritage Building Maintenance by the Indian Heritage Society. It has also been awarded the ‘2010 UNESCO Asia – Pacific Heritage Award’ for Cultural Heritage Conservation.

The Museum is open on all days, 10.15am to 6.00pm, except National Holidays (January 26, May 1, August 15 and October 2)

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