Calico Museum Of TextilesCurrently Closed
- Address: Sarabhai Foundation, Opp. Underground Building, Shahibag, Ahmedabad- 380004, Gujarat, India
- Timings: 10:15 am - 04:30 pm Details
- Phone: +91-7922868172
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 00:30 Mins
- Tags: History Museums, Family And Kids, Architecture , Arts And Crafts, Specialty Museums
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.
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47.74% of people who visit Ahmedabad include Calico Museum Of Textiles in their plan
2 PM - 3 PM
62.34% 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
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Calico Museum Of Textiles
What an amazing place it is! Hiding under nature. Fill with art and knowledge. Every art lover should go there once in a lifetime. The guide is knowledgeable and polite. We have to register or names via email day before our visit. And 10:15AM is the reporting time.
1)In Gujarati; આ સંગ્રહાલયની સ્થાપના 1949 માં ઉદ્યોગપતિ ગૌતમ સારાભાઈ અને તેની બહેન ગીરા સારાભાઈ દ્વારા કરવામાં આવી હતી. તે સમયે અમદાવાદ એક સમૃદ્ધ કાપડ ઉદ્યોગ હતું. આ સંગ્રહાલય મૂળભૂત રીતે ટેક્સટાઇલ ઉદ્યોગના હૃદયમાં કાલિકો મિલ્સ ખાતે રાખવામાં આવ્યું હતું. પરંતુ સંગ્રહ વધવાને કારણે સંગ્રહાલય 1983 માં શાહિબગમાં સારાભાઈ હાઉસમાં ખસેડવામાં આવ્યું હતું. 2)In Hindi; संग्रहालय की स्थापना 1949 में उद्योगपति गौतम साराभाई और उनकी बहन गीरा साराभाई ने की थी। अहमदाबाद उस समय एक समृद्ध वस्त्र उद्योग था। संग्रहालय मूल रूप से कपड़ा उद्योग के दिल में कालिको मिल्स में रखा गया था। लेकिन संग्रह बढ़ने के साथ ही संग्रहालय को 1 983 में शाहिबाग में साराभाई हाउस में स्थानांतरित कर दिया गया था। 3)In English; The museum was established in 1949 by the industrialist Gautam Sarabhai and his sister Gira Sarabhai. Ahmedabad at that time had a flourishing textile industry The museum was originally located at the Calico Mills in the heart of the textile industry. But as the collection grew the museum was shifted to the Sarabhai House in Shahibaug in 1983.
One hour to get there to discover that we were not allowed to enter without a reservation that none told us to do before, since the website is not clear on that point!!! So, notwithstanding we were in the opening time (11am) we were not allowed!! Nor the reservation was indicated as compulsory on the website, referring only to a guided tour!!! So, we don't understand why there is an opening time indicated (10,30-12,30) while the only entrance is at 10.15 by reservation for a guided tour!!! Informations given are very misleading and confusing for tourist! As foreign tourist we deeply regret that such an important museum is open in such a weird way that doesn't motivate visitors!!! Surely we won't suggest its visit!!
The Calico Museum of Textiles is located in the city of Ahmedabad in the state of Gujarat in western India. The museum is managed by the Sarabhai Foundation. The Calico collection along with the Sarabhai Foundation collection of outstanding bronzes, pichhwais, Jain art and Indian miniature paintings are housed in The Retreat in the Shahibag area of the city. Both the Calico Museum and the Sarabhai Foundation have an extensive programme of publications.
I came to know about it from the internet and booked an appointment in advance with some expectations. But after visiting here I can surely say that any expectations will be surpassed. Firstly, the whole campus is absolutely calm, green and beautifully constructed. There are two structures housing textile artifacts and also a central area where old Ahmdavadi wooden havelis have been reconstructed. The whole collection of textiles and types of textiles from all over India is overwhelming. Every single piece is beyond beautiful and something I had never seen, only dreamt. The narrator was an old aged, simplest lady in simplest clothes you can imagine. But her vigour in narration and her spirituality towards all the textile artifacts is exemplary. She brought all the textiles alive, other than giving minute details and knowledge about all of them. 2 hours is definitely not sufficient and one would need to visit at least second time to keep them in memory, since photography is not allowed. The structures are so earthy and natural. There are water bodies and peacocks roam around. So calmingly serene.