Vimor Museum of Living Textiles is a museum dedicated to the rich and vibrant heritage of the handloom industry. A trip to this museum will you insight on the history behind each heritage saree and you can also communicate with the weavers to know about their craft or learn skills like spinning, weaving, dyeing, and embroidery.
Timing: 11 am to 5 pm (Thursday to Sunday)
Location: 20/5, 6th cross, Anjaneya Temple Street, Austin Town, Bangalore, Karnataka
Entry Fees: Rs.250 for adults, Rs.150 for children up to 15 years
The Vimor Museum of Living Textiles is a place that preserves the hundreds of year-old heritage of the handloom industry. Vimor is a 45-year-old saree store that has been visited by Indira Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, and Jacqueline Kennedy and the Vimor Museum of textiles is an attempt to pay honor to the Indian handloom industry. The brand was instituted by the late ChimmyNanjappa along with her daughter Pavithra Muddaya and it is renowned for reviving and selling stunning and rare temple sarees. Moving forward with this venture, they decided to establish a Museum of Living Textiles in the quiet by lanes of Victoria Layout.
The interior of the museum features terracotta hollow bricks and stone lintels and also houses some of the most beautiful sarees you will ever lay your eyes on. The museum has on display some ancient forgotten weaves that have their own little intriguing back story. For example, the KuriPolla displayed in the museum was embroidered in 1909 and was worn by Muddaya’s paternal grandmother herself. It is an illustration of samplers that the young Kodava women made, while learning needlework.
There are 700-year-old Tangalia shawls from Gujarat and the Annam Jarithari and DatthiSeere from Tamil Nadu, sarees with vintage cars and biplanes drawn on them, a saree with date palms and Islamic architecture, and a saree of nine-yards with a wide width that is suitable for a 7-footer. Along with these cool displays, the museum also has 21-century sarees on display with unusual motifs such as vintage cars, biplanes, and gramophones. The best part is that you can have a refabricated version of any of these designs on request from Vimor. The museum updates the collection of heritage sarees every three months, so keep a lookout for new and stunning sarees and rivel in the rich handloom history of India.