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Kalamkari – Desi Art in Switzerland

The walls of the Ethnographic museum in Zurich are adorned with beautiful brightly coloured fabric art from India – the Kalamkari! A visit to the museum and one gets to see very large depictions of the two Indian epics, the Mahabharata and the Ramayana. There are also many other illustrations including the different avatars of Vishnu. “This exhibition displays many of the museum’s Kalamkari pieces for the very first time.” says Mr. Andreas Isler, one of the two curators of this Exhibition.  Isler and Paola von Wyss-Giacosa have been working together on Indian topics at the Ethnographic Museum at...

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  • Matter-of-Fact of the week #45:

    Jacques Edwin Brandenberger

    Jacques Edwin Brandenberger was a Swiss chemist and textile engineer who in 1908 invented cellophane. Jacques saw a wine spill on a restaurant tablecloth and was inspired to create a cloth that would repel liquids instead of absorbing them. He created a film using cellulose that was transparent as well as water resistant. He sold the US rights to DuPont in 1923.

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