Calico Museum Of Textiles, Ahmedabad

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  • Address: Sarabhai Foundation, Opp. Underground Building, Shahibag, Ahmedabad- 380004, Gujarat, India
  • Timings: 10:15 am - 04:30 pm Details
  • Phone: +91-7922868172
  • Time Required: 00:30 Mins
  • Tags: History Museum, Family And Kids, Architecture , Arts And Crafts, Specialty Museum
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About Calico Museum Of Textiles, Ahmedabad

The Calico textiles Museum is not very old but is a very popular tourist attraction of the country. It attracts not only the general public but also research scholars. It is considered as one of the most famous textile centers of the world. It houses textile handicrafts from over 500 years ago. It has become a major center of reference for the craftsmen of the country who are still surviving.

The museum was inspired from Dr. AnandaCoomaraswamy. He discussed the idea of a textile museum with ShriGautam Sarabhai of the Sarabhai trust even before independence. Since Ahmedabad has been a major trade center of textiles in India, in 1949 Mr. Sarabhai along with his sister Gira Sarabhai aided by the great industrial house of Calico based on their earlier discussion started off with this project. The museum was built with a purpose of not only the Indian handicrafts studies but also the technical study of textiles. After its construction and inauguration by Jawaharlal Nehru, it started stressing more on the traditional handicrafts than the industrial ones.

After the completion of a decade the authorities here started new programs of publications. There were two series of programs, the first called Historical Textiles of India under the leadership of John Irwin, the keeper of the Indian section of the Victoria & Albert Museum and the second section called the Contemporary Craft survey of India, headed by Dr. Alfred Buhler.

For housing the collection two different complexes were built, one known as the Sarabhai-ni- Haveli, which was built comprising of buildings, swimming pool later designated as the ‘chauk’. The haveli was used for housing religious textiles, including Vaishnava and Jain artifacts, carved wood structures. It has displays of large tents, carpets, costumes and textiles of Mughals and the royal courts of India. There is also a lovely pond of lily with a bridge over it and also a sprawling lawn.

The Calico museum of Textiles in Ahmedabad offers you an insight into the unique craftsmanship of handicrafts of Gujarat. Although there are no tickets for Calico Museum of Textiles, we offer you the advantage of knowledge as you buy tickets for Calico Museum of Textiles and experience history and art through the mouth of guide. Calico Museum of Textiles Tickets will offer you a journey through history and heritage of Gujarat. Calico Museum of Textiles ticket prices offer you a deep understanding at affordable rates.

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How To reach Calico Museum Of Textiles by Public Transport

  • The nearest airport is the Sardar Vallabbhai Patel Airport.
  • The nearest railway station is the Ahmedabad Junction.

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  • Hotel Shahibag
  • Havmor Restaurant
  • Jai Mahal Kali Restaurant

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  • 65.85% of people who visit Ahmedabad include Calico Museum Of Textiles in their plan

  • 78.64% of people start their Calico Museum Of Textiles visit around 2 PM - 3 PM

  • People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Calico Museum Of Textiles

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Calico Museum Of Textiles, Ahmedabad Reviews

  • Pre booking is needed and difficult to get. The entry is free. The museum is great for all textile interested people. The haveli is amazing and the overall tour is of 2.5 hours. It is amazing. Don't miss it.

  • Awesome museum... Complete guided tour pet for that you need to have a booking with the number given and then there are two timings when you can actually go for the tour morning time is the 10:30 to 12:30 and the evening time from 3 to 5 but for that you have to reach there by 2:45. One cannot carry any belongings need to leave each and everything outside the Museum only in your car on your photo no cloth rooms are also believe.

  • The Calico Museum of Textiles is located in the city of Ahmedabad in the state of Gujarat in western India.[1] The museum is managed by the Sarabhai Foundation.The Museum was inspired by Ananda Coomaraswamy, who, in conversations with Shri Gautam Sarabhai during the 1940s, suggested the founding of a textile institute in the city of Ahmedabad, a major trading centre of the textile industry of the sub-continent since the fifteenth century. In 1949 Shri Sarabhai, his sister Gira Sarabhai and the great industrial house of Calico acted on this suggestion, founding the Calico Museum of Textiles in Ahmedabad, as the specialist museum in India concerned with both the historical and technical study of Indian handicraft and industrial textiles. By the early fifties the Museum discovered its original intent, encompassed too large an area and concentrated its energies on the vast and vital field of handicraft textiles, devoting less and less time to industrial fabrics.By the second decade of its existence the Museum launched an ambitious publications programme. The programme worked on two series, namely Historical Textiles Of India under the editorship of John Irwin, then keeper of the Indian Section of the Victoria and Albert Museum; and the second, under the editorial direction of Dr Alfred Bühler, fümer Director of the Museum Für Volkerkunde Und Schweizerisches Museum Für Volkskunde, Basel, who conducted a Contemporary Textile Craft Survey of India Inaugurating the Museum in 1949, Jawaharlal Nehru stated, "The early beginnings of civilization are tied up with the manufacture of textiles, and history might well be written with this as the leading motif." And indeed, so well had the Calico Museum of Textiles fulfilled this brief that by 1971 the House of Calico decided that the excellence of the fabric collection and the invaluable research conducted by the publications department were such that the Museum should be an independent society. The Museum’s publications, which have now taken two distinct directions, give some indication of where the next surge of activity will take place. While the number of publications concerned with historical studies continues and increases, the second direction has resulted in research and publication of studies preoccupied with the technical and scientific examinations of textile processes such as looms, dyeing, printing techniques, etc.The textiles on display include court textiles used by the Mughal and provincial rulers of 15th to 19th centuries. Also on display are regional embroideries of the 19th century, tie-dyed textiles and religious textiles. The galleries also have exhibits on ritual art and sculpture, temple hangings, miniature paintings, South Indian bronzes, Jain art and sculpture, and furniture and crafts. There are also textile techniques galleries and a library. The museum has played an important role in determining the curriculum taught in the textile designing courses at the prestigious National Institute of Design also located in Ahmedabad. The items on display are well protected by the museum authorities. The textile are protected from dust, air pollution and fluctuations in temperatures by the trees around the museum complex. The relative humidity inside the museum is also controlled and lights are dimmed between visiting hours to extend the life of the textiles.

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  • Nice museum.. very well guided place... Well maintained.. people are so good.. and it is really good history lesson for anyone who wants to know about textiles in Ahmedabad and India... Great place

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