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Author: Martand Singh
Publisher: Roli Books
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8174360840
The hundred and forty outstanding textiles represented in this art book were selected from fifteen hundred especially commissioned from master weavers and craftsmen all over the country.
Handcrafted Indian textiles, steeped in tradition are the living heritage of the glory of India. The decade spanning 1980-90 witnessed a renaissance in the promotion and revival of techniques, some of which were in danger of becoming extinct. Warps and wefts underwent a transformation, with assorted weave being combined to produce 'new from the old'.
The hundred and forty outstanding textiles represented in this book, were selected from fifteen hundred especially commissioned from mater weavers and craftsmen all over the country during the same decade. Displayed at the visvakarma series of exhibitions, their wide-ranging vocabulary of design, technical skill and aesthetic brilliance brook no rivalry.
Featured under pigment-painted, dye-painted, printed and woven techniques, the book showcases various regions of production. The historical legacy, source of inspiration, achievements and shortcomings of each category are summed up with an informal, though analytical discussion.
Written and edited by renowned names in textile design, this book is, indeed, a treasure for both the textile aficionado and designer.
Martand Singh is Chairman Indian National Trust of Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), UK Trust and the vice-chairman of INTACH, India. He has worked extensively in the field of handlooms in India for which he has been awarded the Padma Bhushan.
Rta Kapur Chishti is the co-author of the Saris of India volumes on Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Goa and editor of the volumes on West Bengal and Bihar, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. As a writer and translator she has written of the life and work of craftsmen and scripted for films. She has also been involved with research and development in textiles.
Rahul Jain, textile technologist and hand-weaver, has researched and published about the history and practice of pattern-weaving in India. He runs a silk-weaving workshop in Delhi to recreate the techniques, material and style of court fabrics of the Mughal period.