Canopies for the Goddess: Indian Textile Art (Museum Rietberg, Zurich)

Canopies for the Goddess: Indian Textile Art
Venue: Museum Rietberg, Zurich, Switzerland
Dates:  December 13, 2013 through 13 April 2014
Details: ‘Canopies for the Goddess’ is the name given to large-scale illustrated textiles in Gujarat that mark a sacred place for the veneration of goddesses. Men of the semi-nomadic community of the Vagri have been producing these beautifully worked illustrated textiles for many generations in the city of Ahmedabad, one of the oldest and most important textile centres in the world.   This exhibition shows a selection of these extraordinary textiles from the important collection which the former director of the museum, Dr Eberhard Fischer, recently gave to the museum. It offers a glimpse into the techniques and production processes, their religious iconography and ritual use.

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The exhibition accompanied by the following publication:
Eberhard Fischer, Temple Tents for Goddesses in Gujarat, India, (Zurich: Artibus Asiae Supplementum 50 and New Delhi: Niyogi Books), 2013. 

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