A Benarasi brocade skirt from the Museum of Art and Photography in Bangalore features the motif of the Indian flag across it in the virtual exhibition, ‘We Wear Culture’, on display on Google Arts and Culture. The motif may be interpreted as the weavers’ urge to participate in the nation’s fight for independence. Another brocade skirt depicts the map of undivided India bound within a sunflower motif.
A result of the collaborative effort of Google Arts & Culture and museums, universities and NGOs from across the globe, the exhibition has over 350 curated projects which include virtual tours, 360 degree videos, street views and ultra-high resolution images that highlight diverse fashion stories — from the courtly couture of Versailles to iconic pieces such as Marylin Monroe’s stilettos that changed the way people dressed; the Comme des Garcons Kimono-inspired sweater that exemplifies a marriage of the traditional and the contemporary to the timeless elegance of the Indian sari. “With so many stories, we knew we had to make navigation easier for the viewer. As a special feature on the platform, fashion collections can be discovered by searching for time or a colour,” says Simon Rein, India Programme Manager, Google Art and Culture. Its India edition began in 2012.
The project showcases four broad categories — iconography, movements, weaving traditions and design but at the core of the India chapter is the ubiquitous sari…Read More