One of the major highlights of the India Festival is the ‘Fabric of India’ exhibition, which will explore the rich world of handmade textiles from India. On display will be around 200 objects that illustrate the skills, variety and adaptability of Indian textile makers, ranging from the earliest known Indian textile fragments to contemporary fashion. On display will be examples of everyday fabrics and rare treasures; from ancient ceremonial banners to contemporary saris, from sacred temple hangings to bandana handkerchiefs, to the spectacular tent used by Tipu Sultan, which will be fully erected in the gallery, allowing visitors to walk inside it to see the magnificent decoration to be viewed close at hand. The exhibition will offer an introduction to the raw materials and processes of making cloth by hand. The opening section will reveal the process of using natural dyes such as pomegranate and indigo and the complex techniques of block printing, weaving and embroidery across the ages.