Rare Bollywood costumes, Mumbai chawls and rattling old textile machines all set in a real-life mill with a chimney. The blueprint of the city’s first textile museum that will come up at United Mills at Kalachowkie in Lower Parel is ready.
“Mumbai has been called the Manchester of India and there have been significant developments in the industry. Besides setting up a textile museum to depict the industry’s importance, the state government plans to set up a textile park to promote and encourage the industry,” state textile minister Mohammed Arif (Nasim) Khan said on Saturday.
City’s prominent conservation architect Abha Narain Lambah has worked on all spheres of the project and submitted a project development report to the civic body. The state has announced the project but is yet to approve it officially.
The museum will be built in a defunct mill, which will be spruced to its original working condition and taken up for conservation. The pond inside the mill will also be conserved. The objective is to conserve the structure as vital evidence of Mumbai’s once vibrant textile industry.
The proposed museum will not just have relevant artifacts but also several sections like a state-of-the-art textile collection, an informal open-air amphitheatre where performances of Girangaon’s typical dance, music, including lavani, tamasha and poetry can be staged, depiction of a chawl and life in a chawl to show the life of a mill worker.
The museum will also have craft demos from traditional and new age weavers, conference facilities to hold fashion shows and food courts serving traditional Maharashtrian food.