Crafts Atlas of India

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The vibrant illustrations and academically rich content are recreated as a unqiue 'atlas' of India's crafts, handmade textiles and traditional arts, covering India s cultural history.
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Overview

The vibrant illustrations and academically rich content are recreated as a unqiue 'atlas' of India's crafts, handmade textiles and traditional arts, covering India s cultural history.
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The result of 11 years of hard work, this mammoth, well-researched book speaks to India's rich history and its unique tapestry of myriad cultures ... It is a trove for all interested in the rich, diverse Indian arts and crafts heritage. Summing up: Highly recommended.
—CHOICE

This book offers abundant information, examples, and background on Indian crafts which are reflected in the varied Indian auction items and which will themselves become of more interest to collectors and dealers.
—Henry Berry, Midwest Book Review; December 2013

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The result of 11 years of hard work, this mammoth, well-researched book speaks to India's rich history and its unique tapestry of myriad cultures ... It is a trove for all interested in the rich, diverse Indian arts and crafts heritage. Summing up: Highly recommended.
Midwest Book Review, December 2013 - Henry Berry
This book offers abundant information, examples, and background on Indian crafts which are reflected in the varied Indian auction items and which will themselves become of more interest to collectors and dealers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788189738372
  • Publisher: Niyogi Books
  • Publication date: 8/16/2012
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 12.50 (h) x 1.70 (d)

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  • Posted July 29, 2013

    The announcement by the famed auction house Christie's in July 2

    The announcement by the famed auction house Christie's in July 2013 that it is going to hold an auction in India (Mumbai) in December is an unmistakable sign of the growing importance of this nation in the international art and antiques market. Christie's is the first international auction house to do so, but undoubtedly others will soon follow. India now joins Russia, China, and the Middle East which in turn have become major players in the arts and antiques market. Ones following the U.S. auction market were aware that this was only a matter of a short time as Indian arts and antiques have gained more attention and interest in the U.S. auction market. This book offers abundant information, examples, and background on Indian crafts which are reflected in the varied Indian auction items and which will themselves become of more interest to collectors and dealers.
    The wide, practically profligate, diversity of Indian culture is seen in the diversity of its crafts. There is no unifying principle, style, or mindset (e. g., modernism) to what is embraced by "Indian crafts" except (to Western eyes) an exoticism and colorfulness. Within a vast area from Himalayan foothills in the north to tropical forests in the south, there are numerous tribal and ethnic groups maintaining tribal and ethnic cultural identities reflected in their crafts.
    The vast area is divided into five chapters for the major geographical areas of East, etc., plus Central with geographical sectors within these making for 20 sectors in all. In the North, there is Delhi, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, and others; in the West, Gujarar, Goa, and others, etc. Each sector in introduced by the history going far back to before India was formed as a country and including British colonial and postcolonial periods. The ancient roots of a sector's crafts and colonial and other European commercial interest in it are among topics in the introductions.
    After the introductions, the sector's crafts are discussed by type going variously into artisanal manufacture, techniques, origins, purpose or use, materials, and markets. The same kinds of objects such as clothing, weapons, pottery, baskets, rugs, and art work are naturally found throughout the sectors of the general geographical areas. Text as well as plentiful color illustrations on nearly every page convey the distinctiveness of the particular objects in the respective sector. Types of animals, shapes including intricacies or weaves, landscape imagery, color patterns, and markings are often signs of a regional sector. Photographs of artisans at work show by features, complexion, and dress the wide variety of ethnicities making crafts of India.
    Jaitly plays a leading role in publicizing Indian crafts as head of an Indian nationwide association of craftspeople and by holding exhibitions in London, Frankfurt, and other cities.

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