INDIA     Exhibition Design Concept   

The Village

The centrepiece of this environment is the Tree Shrine,
which features the arts of devotional offering.

Dance-drama mask, ca.1960; private collection


Evoking the natural world, folk culture, daily village life and pilgrimage, the Village setting showcases a wide range of artifacts, including stunning clay and brass folk sculptures, various types of puppets, masks, paintings, dolls, wood carvings, lamps and more. The Village setting will be animated on a periodic basis with craft demonstrations and live performances such as puppetry and storytelling.

Textiles are an important part of Indian life, functioning as an identification of community, marital status and caste. Techniques from tie-dye to elaborate embroidery in silver and gold are practiced throughout South Asia, and the Village setting features examples of many fine textiles techniques – including weaving, embroidery, quilting, dyeing, painting and more.