The ITC collection has been lovingly built up over the decades

The designs on textile antiques show a fundamentally Indian aesthetic which kept expanding its lexicon of motifs influenced from the West, our neighbours Persia and then the eastern Silk Route taking us through Asia and Europe.

In sarees we see this influence through 1930 and 40s, in home textiles and collectibles one sees the European influence in thread work done in Kashmir, and Jamawar shawls made for the Indian connoisseurs, adapted to be European designs to be more attractive to home customers.

The zamindars of West Bengal played a massive role in honing these designs due to their deep pockets.

This collection like many others of its ilk reflect and preserve skills, techniques and art which really cannot be replicated today. The sheer materials needed, both in terms of the yarn are not possible, hand-spun weaving of the kind has all but vanished, with such minute details for making such products.

The ITC collection has been lovingly built up over the decades, including antique Zardozi, Karchopi, Jamawars, Kalamkari, Brocades. This private collection reflects sarees, cushions, masnads, men’s angrakkhas, decorative accents.