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Resurgence: Revival of Indian Embroideries

Price : $44.75
ISBN # : 9788173054761
Author : Villoo Mirza
pages: 112
Edition : Hardcover
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Aryan Books
Published : 2014

Indian embroidered textiles have always been closely associated with the habitats and lifestyles of the communities. They are strong regional identities which the artisans have acquired through generations of repeated practice. The artisans capacity is built up on fine life skill derived from childhood while assisting their elders and mastering the technique. Indian communities with their diversity have many variations of embroideries to offer. Embroideries are not simply a particular way of making surface ornamentation but are intricately bound up with the structures, values, histories and identities of the communities in which they are practiced. A Bengal nakshi kantha or a kutchi taka are both forms of running stitch, but they have different characters. While it is possible to identify areas in which embroidered surface can be seen to play a role, it is equally important to acknowledge the great diversity that exists within these areas. The nature of surface ornamentation and its significance to their practitioners are not fixed but rather, they change over time and vary across regions of the country. IGNCA, a premier resource centre in the field of arts and culture has a well laid-out programme on Ethnographic Collection under its Janapada Sampada Division which studies, documents and disseminates knowledge about arts and crafts traditions of diverse communities of India. The present exhibition, curated by Asif Shaikh, includes some rare pieces from the IGNCA archives and Resurgence Exhibits from Asifs collection, which displays a fine insight into the handling of materials and tools.

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Friday 18 July, 2014.

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