Calico Museum of Textiles in Ahmedabad – The museum is located in the state of Gujarat in Western India. This is one of the most popular textile Museum in India and around the world. Calico Textile Museum has become one of the famous due to its amazing collection of fabrics.
Actually, Calico Textile Museum is a private museum which was established by a Sarabhai family and is housed in a huge Haveli. It is situated in an ancient Gujarati mansion, palatial, huge and with the best ambiance.
The museum contains the best world’s finest collections of unique as well as Indian textiles which are handmade and industrially produced textiles from 15th to 20th century. It was then inaugurated in 1949 by Jawaharlal Nehru who was first Prime Minister of India.
The museum currently has large collections of India and related textiles, exhibition, and a research center and library. Here you will find permanent exhibitions about Indian dyeing, weaving as well as wood block printing techniques. The finest collections in the museum include; attires and fabrics such as silk weaving, shawls, scarves, patalu and sadi. Also there are various themes like regional embroideries.
In the museum, you will find textile techniques galleries and library. The library contains a number of books related to textile and art. The authority of the museum organizes the workshop for students and researchers to enable them to understand the textile industry well. The other good things about the museum are Moti Chandra and Pupul Jayakar.
Tours usually takes place during the days of the week and give travelers exclusive look at the main galleries and Sarabhai foundation’s extensive collection for both religious tapestries and textiles.
It is one of the exclusive historical collections that attract tourists during holiday. Recently the collection has influenced the textile design courses of the National Institute of Design which is also in Ahmedabad.