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V&A trip successful - ari work,dyes & blocks,jewelry

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  • marcus findlay-arthur
    Trip was successful from my point of view.Not enough time to cover all the areas I was asked to in any satisfactory depth but will be going down (several
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 2 4:34 PM
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      Trip was successful from my point of view.Not enough
      time to cover all the areas I was asked to in any
      satisfactory depth but will be going down (several
      times) again after September 19th to visit and speak
      to Rosemary Crill - very nice woman and shoots from
      the hip!

      Madhavi - Your coverlet is currently on exhibit.Its
      also lined so there is no real way to verify your
      suspicions of ari work.Rosemary Crill did take me into
      the vaults and show me other examples where the
      backing is rotted - its needle hand sewing chain
      stitch.Its possible that the filling work on the
      antelope you refer to is ari work mixed with needle
      chain stitch but nothing can be certain as long as the
      backing cloth is in place.Sorry I can't help out
      more.If you want pics of the other stuff Rosemary has
      given me permission to do so.

      Lakshmi - You've a soul-mate at the V&A as excited
      about dyes and block printing as you are.Rosemary is
      going to do some digging around for you and set-up an
      appointment for me to scratch around and check out
      what text examples they have available.This could take
      a while to study completely - OK?

      Meenakshi - Rosemary agrees with you about the black
      thread being silk cords interspersed amongst the
      pearls.She isn't very strong on jewelry and is
      looking for someone at the V&A who can give you better
      guidence and make serious recommendations.She did
      mention Untracht and ask if you'd contacted him. < :
      >>> She agreed to boot around the idea for some leads
      who specialise in this area internationally viz
      India.She also advised me to contact Susan Stronge and
      use her name to introduce us/myself and see what she
      has to offer.

      Book store was drooling alley!
      I didn't buy anything this time around as I was tight
      on time.Trip took 3.5 hours one way and Euston Sq.
      Tube Station was a nightmare - I made my date with 15
      minutes to spare.

      Have some sewing details that I'll post later.I'm
      shattered and need my food and bed right now.
      Nothing stella but concrete for construction.

      (Varak-ka-kaam Collection isn't the caliber of the
      piece shown in Ritu Kumar's book,baring a couple of
      lengthes of fabric.But a wonderful collection of
      every-day stuff and wildly exciting.Worked on 24
      examples and there are two more draws to go.)

      M.

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