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 conceptualizing
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 complement them.
The Sanskriti Museum of Indian Textiles
was inaugurated on January 4, 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 research.