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Calico Museum of Textiles


The calico museum of textiles is one of the world's most beautiful collection of rare, antique and even modern Indian textiles. The museum was established in 1949 by the businessperson Gautam Sarabhai and his sister Gira Sarabhai. Ahmedabad since that time had a flourishing textile industry. The museum was formerly housed at the Calico Mills in the heart of the textile commerce. But as soon as the collection increases the museum was relocated to the Sarabhai House in Shahibaug in 1983.


Starting days textiles were collected with a vision to conserve, built awareness and empower the vast and deep textile heritage of India. Over the years the collection has developed into an outstanding repository of fabrics based on pattern, colors, weave, and embellishment and has become a known center providing Indian and international scholars an hope to study and draw in-depth knowledge on this exceptional range of Indian ethos. The Museum was inspired by Dr. Ananda Coomaraswamy. The founder of this inspiring museum Sarabhai foundation was started in 1959 by Shri Ambalal Sarabhai and Smt. Sarladevi Sarabhai, is a non-profit devoted, among other things, to the ‘encouragement of science, art, and literature.’

Full Address

Calico Museum of Textiles, The Retreat, Airport Rd, Opp. Rani Sati Mandir, Jain Colony, Shahibag, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380004.


Type of Place

  • Museum
  • Historical

Prefered For

  • Couples
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Kids
  • Senior Citizen


  • Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport.
  • Ahemdabad Railway Station.

Important Information

  • Open on all days of week except WEDNESDAY. Timing: 10:30 AM To 12:30 PM, No entry after 11 AM.


  • The diverse and rare collection of the textile is the main attraction of the museum.

Things to Buy

  • As everyone knows Gujarat is famous for the textile market one can buy some textile to make the trip memorable.

Things to Eat

  • Must taste the Gujarati Thali here along with the traditional snacks even you may taste Dhokla, Khakra, Khandvi with some Lassi, Buttermilk, and sweets like Ghevar, Malpua.

Things to enjoy

  • Must enjoy each section of the museum as it has remarkable examples of tapestries, royal garments, exquisite saris, tribal costumes, Patola, and Mashru weaves and Bandhani tie-dye. A separate gallery showcases various examples of needlework from all around the world, and you can also see sacred Pichwais (devotional cloth hangings), bronzes, and miniature paintings.