Arts and Crafts of India

Arts and Crafts of India

by John Gillow, Ilay Cooper
     
 

As well as comprehensive descriptions of materials and techniques such as inlay, enameling, sand-casting, tie-dye and papermaking, 'Arts and Crafts of India' outlines the regional styles, history, and social and symbolic significance of many of the artifacts, informed by the authors' first-hand research-often in remote areas of the subcontinent.  See more details below

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As well as comprehensive descriptions of materials and techniques such as inlay, enameling, sand-casting, tie-dye and papermaking, 'Arts and Crafts of India' outlines the regional styles, history, and social and symbolic significance of many of the artifacts, informed by the authors' first-hand research-often in remote areas of the subcontinent.

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Library Journal
The authors of these informative and visually appealing books often discuss the individual craftsboth antique and contemporaryagainst a backdrop of historical and sociological issues. In their book on India, Cooper and Gillow, who have both written extensively on the topic, examine the influence of India's many ethnic groups on its crafts and culture. Items discussed range from folk murals and handmade paper to sophisticated musical instruments and intricately crafted jewelry. Of particular interest are the chapter that describes India's textile industry and the list of names and addresses of businesses worldwide selling Indian arts and crafts. Jereb approaches Morocco as an anthropologist, thoughtfully examining the differences between Bedouin and urban culture and often comparing the former to tribal concepts typical of Native Americans. Jereb covers all manner of common Moroccan items embellished with decorative motifspottery, tools, leather goods, metalwork, rugs and other textiles, jewelry, and woodworkand because Moroccan crafts are so intricately tied to religious beliefs, he includes tattoos and talismans that ward off the "evil eye" as well. Warren focuses on common household goods and village crafts rather than the architecture and stylish interiors that were at the center of his previous book, Thai Style (Rizzoli, 1989). Thai textiles are beyond compare, and the discussion in this book is detailed, illustrated with vintage photos of costumes and sumptuous color plates of the textiles. Equally captivating are sections describing woodcarvings, theater masks and costumes, basketry, and floral creations. Although temple arts are not included, a section on contemporary Thai crafts presents a very interesting overview of Thailand's artistic achievements. The books on Morocco and Thailand are the latest entries in a series that has already documented the works of Indonesia, Mexico, and South America. All three well-laid-out and informative books offer glossaries, maps, stunning photographs, good bibliographies, and tips on collecting; all three would be worthwhile additions to most libraries with collection emphasizing arts, crafts, or travel.Margarete Gross, Chicago P.L.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500278635
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
06/28/1996
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
8.74(w) x 10.06(h) x 0.55(d)

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