10 January 2020


Indiennes. Material for a thousand stories

Landesmuseum Zürich

– 19 January 2020



Indiennes is the name for beautifully printed and painted cotton fabrics that have been imported into Europe from India, their country of origin, via trade routes since the 16th century. The exhibition of the same name tells a story from the early days of globalisation. The fabrics were particularly popular among the upper classes and were used for dresses, curtains and upholstery – which led to traders beginning to imitate them in the 17th century. At the end of the 18th century, industrialised Europe itself began producing competitive indiennes, selling them to India and consequently undermining local production. The Landesmuseum Zürich traces the complex interweaving of this colonial history and presents high-quality international loans.


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