Calico Museum of Textiles, Ahmedabad

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See one of the world's most remarkable collections of antique and modern textiles at Calico Museum of Textiles. The museum details India's extensive heritage of textiles and handicrafts, displaying pieces ranging from those worn by Mughal and provincial rulers to labor-intensive Kashmiri shawls. Take in the absorbing information about techniques and see exhibits on ritual art, temple hangings, and fabrics for everyday use. Advance booking is required. To visit Calico Museum of Textiles on your holiday in Ahmedabad, and find out what else Ahmedabad has to offer, use our Ahmedabad road trip planner .
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  • I made a reservation by email in advance and went. The fabric, embroidery and bronze statues in the collection are all worth seeing. The building was also wonderful. The three-storey main building (palace) and annex (Haveli) are both gorgeous. The room was very clean. However, it was regrettable that it was not possible to see the place where it liked because it was a visit tour according to the guide, and the photograph was prohibited. One handbag was allowed. Cell phones and cameras need to be checked in. The two-and-a-half hour tour of the intense heat period (end of April) was a physical strength. I could have bottled water at the beginning and the middle of the tour, but it was still very hard. Please be careful if you go in the hot season.
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  • Really sad that this is more kept as secret place of ahmedabad rather show casing the actual culture.Showing how the place ia more important rather den its beautifulness. Even disappointed to see that...  more »
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  • Great museum but you HAVE to book. !!!!! There is soo much in this museum but you will NOT get a chance to browse! ( Tour is about 3 hours ) You will be led from one room to another by a guide - who may be the curator as she is so knowledgeable and no one ever found out her name. Nearly all the 'textiles' are covered up with plastic and quite a lot of low lighting. No time to really read the descriptions and an army of people behind you turning off the lights and making sure you stay together. We didn't really know if the textiles had any value or not or if they were 'one-offs' or part of collection. Could any of the works displayed be bought now???? A lot of history is covered and vast majority of India is explored in textiles. The 'technical room' is even more interesting. (how material is weaved/ stitched or made) Again, a lot o see and you will be allowed to look at the displays but remember NO CAMERAS OR VIDEO ALLOWED AT ALL! So hope you have a good memory or good at making notes. I offered to make a donation but its a private collection none was accepted. The museum shop is basically a book shop of different styles of textiles - so nothing like textiles to buy or even silk prints or anything to buy - which is a shame as real crafts people in villages who are skilled at making this could get proceeds back to their collectives. Worth seeing if you like textiles and arts and crafts and have a spare morning free. Make sure you book! only 20 odd places per day.
  • This is one of the best museum of ahmedabad. A large collection of all kinds of textiles and art are kept here. One can see the museum only during the guided tour provided by museum itself. Tour is free but Prior bookings needed. The tour usually starts around 10-10:30 and finishes at 1
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