Author:Helmut Neumann, Heidi Neumann
Publisher:Prestel
Date:October 2020
Dimensions:13.4 x 10 x 1.2 in.
Format:Hardcover
Pages:484
ISBN:9783791386850

Textiles of India

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This magnificently illustrated and deeply researched volume takes the reader on a journey throughout the Indian subcontinent to explore its textiles' history and traditions.

India’s rich and vibrant textile tradition boasts an enormous range of techniques and an extraordinary artistry level. Drawn from one of the world’s finest collections of Indian textiles, this book presents a fascinating overview of several centuries of artistic production from every corner of India. Each section examines a different region to reveal its distinct textile traditions, patterns, and processes: Patola silks from Gujarat, lampas weaves preserved in Tibetan temples, mordant resist-dyed cotton exported to Indonesia, silk saris from Murshidabad, and embroideries from rural Bengal and Punjab. The book also delves into the roles that textiles have played in daily life over the centuries, from household and dowry textiles to devotional pieces and exquisite materials crafted for rich patrons. Each object is photographed from multiple angles and reproduced in meticulous detail. Many of the antique pieces featured here are exceedingly rare, which makes this book an invaluable resource. Gorgeously illustrated, this volume makes a stunning gift for anyone interested in the history and craftsmanship of one of the world’s oldest textile traditions.

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