Now there is more to see at the National Crafts Museum, New Delhi. The textile minister Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani proudly inaugurated the Textiles Gallery on the 13th of August 2019 at the National Craft Museum. She said '' This can help us archive our history, save some of our works and can also help us expand the consumer market.''
The Textiles Gallery has been curated with unique designs and masterpieces of traditional handlooms. With 5 zones in the gallery each has been named Weaving, Embroidery, Dying, Pattern and Tana Bana according to the intricacies of the textile. The exhibits consist of traditions of 21 states ranging from Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, West Bengal, Kashmir and other textiles which are many years old. The gallery has been reoriented and recreated by taking into consideration the old and new school of thought. It has been made easy and accessible for students and designers to visit and know more about the textile heritage of India.
The inauguration saw the presence of the Textile Minister Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani herself, many national awardees one of them being Ms. Madhu Jain, the Nari Shakti Puraskar Awardee and the President of FDCI Mr. Sunil Sethi. Smt Smriti Irani recalled that " about 2-2.5 years ago we came to the crafts museum hoping to find some rich variety of textiles, we looked through every piece a lot has been lost and many have been restored. "
The Textiles Gallery also plans to maintain a calendar where an event related to spreading awareness about textiles and the heritage of the handloom of India will be on the agenda through lectures by designers of skills with different crafts.