Monday, 2 November 2015
A festival of aigrettes
With the "Festival of Light" Diwali coming up (11th November 2015), it is appropriate that the V&A's continuing celebration of all things Indian should turn its attention to glittering, sparkling lights...
And so it is that some 60 jewelled objects from the the fabled private collection of Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al-Thani are on show this autumn/winter at our favourite museum in London.
Featuring spectacular jewellery and ornamentation from the Mughal period to the present day, including original works by the best Indian craftsmen and those in the West including Cartier and Paul Iribe, some of the aigrettes and brooches alone are enough to get one salivating.
I think we may be going along. Just to measure up for the appropriate turban with which to wear them, of course.
Bejewelled Treasures: the Al Thani Collection is on at the Victoria & Albert Museum until 28th March 2016.