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Shamiana - The Mughal Tent


This book provides a permanent record of the Mughal Tent project which united groups of Asian women and children in the creation of a unique collection of textile panels. The panels recorded here show an extraordinary freshness and beauty, fusing the influences of many cultures and revealing a blend of the traditional and modern. The project began in the UK but soon spread to nine other countries - India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Burma, Malaysia, South Africa, Dubai, Ireland and the United States. The exhibition, Shamiana: The Mughal Tent, brought the work together in 'the tent that covered the world' at the V&A in summer 1997, followed by a three-year international tour. The book celebrates this remarkable achievement and is a colourful record of a highly innovative arts education project which has become a model for institutions across the world.