Textiles From India:
The Global Trade
Edited by Rosemary Crill
xvi + 388pp. 2006
ISBN : 9781905422173
Rs 1495.00 (HB)
For hundreds of years, textiles from India have travelled the globe, clothing the world, from kings and queens to the common man. Indian textiles have been traded in Europe, America, Africa, and the Far East, often passing into ritual and religious custom. They have included the most exclusive and expensive festive fabrics as well as the common cloth used for daily wear. This fascinating global history from the medieval period up to the present day is excitingly captured in this lavishly illustrated collection of wide-ranging essays by scholars from four continents. So we read about shawls from Kashmir making their way across Asia; brocades especially woven in Benaras for Buddhist rituals in Tibet, the muslins of Bengal, block prints and chintz, perennial favourites in Europe; and the unique Indian embroideries at Hardwick Hall, England, in a major contribution to the study of this fascinating aspect of India’s cultural and economic history.
Rosemary Crill is Curator, Asian Department, Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Contributors: Monisha Ahmed, Joss Graham, Ralph Kauz, Steven Cohen, Janet Rizvi, Ruth Barnes, Brigitte Khan Majlis, Mary Hunt Kahlenberg, Joanne Eicher, Hazel Lutz, Jeffrey A. Hess, Susan S. Bean, Donald Clay Johnson, Rosemary Crill, Jasleen Dhamija, Nasreen Askari, Sujata Parsai, Ruby Ghuznavi, Satarupa Dutta Majumder, Yashodhara Agrawal, Charu Smita Gupta, Jenny Balfour-Paul, Rex Cowan.