Sanskriti Museum of Indian Textiles
The genesis of the Sanskriti Museum of Indian Textiles is rooted in what started
as a small private collection built over the last three decades by Shri O.P.
Jain, the founder president of Sanskriti Pratishthan. Prof. Jyotindra Jain then
joined him in conceptualising and curating the exhibits in the Museum galleries.
The unique feature of this collection is that it stems from one individual’s
aesthetic and cultural vision, which makes it a harmonious, unified whole.
As the collection grew, the idea of turning it into a museum began to develop.
There are several museums and collections of Indian textiles in India and abroad
which may be more comprehensive and of greater historical value. The Sanskriti
Museum of Indian Textiles does not compete with these but endeavours to
The Sanskriti Museum of Indian textiles was inaugurated on the 4th January
2009 by the Hon Chief Minister of Delhi Mrs Sheila Dikshit.
The Museum intends to serve as a resource for the study of Indian textile
traditions. It moves away from the ‘masterpiece’ culture as much as from
creating an exhaustive inventory of textile genres, as is often the case with
many museums of the kind. Its objective is to display representative examples of
selected traditions of Indian textiles, and to create a pool of information
around these that will eventually serve as an academic resource for study and