Exhibition of Indian Manuscripts

The Indian Government was invited by the German Ministry of Culture to exhibit a collection of India’s finest manuscripts as an inaugural event for the 2006 Frankfurt Book Fair, where India was the guest country.

The exhibition, titled “The Word is Sacred, Sacred is the Word”, went up at the Museum Fur Angewandte Kunst (Museum For Applied Arts) in Frankfurt, on the 4th of September 2006 and ran till January 2007.

Exhibition of Indian Manuscripts in Frankfurt - by Kiba Design

Custom designed vitrines

We designed and fabricated the vitrines on site and also designed them with a temperature controlled lighting system, to protect the precious manuscripts.

We used an earthy Indian colour palette, and pre-dyed fabric that we carried from India. This created a warm and soft contrast to the cold, white aesthetic of the Museum building and interiors.


Typographic banners

Designed to celebrate the written word, we installed banners that highlighted the beautiful letter-forms of Indian scripts.



Diorama of a temple scene from Majhuli island - where the holy book itself is revered.


Design details

We custom-designed a tilted reading stand, traditionally known as a 'Rahel', allowing the books to be easily read by visitors.

The design and construction of the book stand was so convincing in its seeming authenticity that a local German newspaper erroneously reported it as a precious object!



Posters designed for the event - envisioned as running manuscripts themselves.



Signage using letter-forms from various Indian scripts.


Content over form

We designed elegantly simple details that brought focus to the beautiful manuscripts and supported the wide variety on display - from single page manuscripts to scrolls, miniature books, wooden, metal or even those made of leaves.

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Our team has extensive experience in the area of cultural heritage management, and design of culture-related events, exhibitions and spaces for cultural institutions like INTACH, SPICMACAY, National Mission for Manuscripts and Sahapedia. With our fabrication partners we can offer concept, design and implementation services. Get in touch!