The Cloth that Changed the World: India's Painted and Printed Cottons

  • April 4, 2020 through September 27, 2020
  • Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto
Made with novel cotton, vivid colors and exuberant design, the painted and printed cottons of India revolutionized art, fashion and science wherever they went. Featuring pieces from the museum's world-renowned collection, this ROM original exhibition explores how, over thousands of years, India's artisans created, perfected and continually innovated these printed and painted, multicolored fabrics to fashion the body, honor divinities and beautify palaces and homes. Included are the stories behind the art: The people who made, commissioned, shipped, sold and ultimately used these pieces.
Royal Ontario Museum
Detail from Indian "chintz" hanging (palampore), 18th century.

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