Subscribe for Newsletters and Discounts
Be the first to receive our thoughtfully written
religious articles and product discounts.
By registering, you may receive account related information, our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
.
Share
Share our website with your friends.
Email this page to a friend
By subscribing, you will receive our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. All emails will be sent by Exotic India using the email address info@exoticindia.com.

Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
|6
Your Cart (0)
Books > Art and Architecture > Kalamkari and Traditional Design Heritage of India
Displaying 1027 of 1576         Previous  |  NextSubscribe to our newsletter and discounts
Kalamkari and Traditional Design Heritage of India
Kalamkari and Traditional Design Heritage of India
Description
From The Jacket

The art of Kalamkari painting is one of the oldest among the traditional arts of India. Drawing upon a repertoire of well-loved epics, Kalamkari is full with richness of colour, simplicity of narrative and precision of detail in its presentation that remains unparalleled by other art forms of this genre. In this book, the salient features of this fine art of Kalamkari are interestingly explained. It also details how this ancient textile craft which was deeply rooted in religion has adapted itself to the social changes and political upheavals while evolving into a secular craft in order to conform to changing cultures and trends through the ages. Written in lucid style, the book explores the origin of the beautiful craft and other traditional design forms and documents their evolution as well as carves a road-map for the future.

About The Author Shakuntala Ramani is the chairperson of the Craft Education and Research Centre of the Kalakshetra Foundation, one of the premier art institution of India. A close associate of the late Rukmini Devi Arundale, founder president of the Kalakshetra, the author has served the organization in various roles such as member of the academic Council, editor of the Kalakshetra Art Quarterly and the Kalakshetra News and head of the weaving centre and vegetable dye block printing unit.

Preface

A research unit for reviving the use of vegetable dyes in present-day fabrics was established at the Craft Centre of Kalakshetra in the year 1979. The project was initiated by Kamaladevi Chatopadhyay, the doyen of Indian handicrafts and Rukmini Devi Arundale, founder president of Kalakshetra. The research programme was started with the establishment of a Kalamkari unit in our premises.

Kalamkari is an ancient Indian textile tradition in which designs are fully hand-drawn or block printed using vegetable dyes. Fabric samples have been found during excavations at Mohenjodaro dating back to 2600 BC to 1700 BC. Similar fabrics were also found in a tomb at al Fustat near Cairo proving that it was a prized commodity of trade in the ancient world.

This beautiful art however, had all but vanished in the country of its origin. The term Kalamkari was used in the Indian marketplace to describe a particular type of block print often produced with chemical dyes. Traditional Kalamkari centres had disappeared and craftsmen who knew the ancient techniques were a mere handful who jealously guarded their knowledge to preserve their monopoly.

As head of operations, I had to travel widely to understand and unearth the secrets of this craft, which was nearing extinction. A study of ancient Kalamkari textiles in museums and private art collections revealed the inner strength of this art form. It was fascinating to see very old textile pieces dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries, tattered and brittle with age but still retaining their original colours produced with vegetable dyes. It was obvious that age-old practices and traditional techniques, even though unscientific, had stood the test of time. Kalamkari designs pertaining to different periods in history presented a pictorial record of the changing face of society through the ages.

As the study progressed, spiraling back into the mists of time, the magnificence of this art form stood revealed in all its glory touching many areas of human endeavour, just like the cosmic figure (Viswaroopam) of Sri Krishna revealing the whole of creation within his body (allusion explained on. p. 6). In writing this book, I have attempted to explain the early origins of this art form and subsequent transformations though the ages, which makes it so rich in content and imagery transforming it from a mere textile design to an art form, which reveals the very soul of Indian culture.

CONTENTS
Preface4
Introduction9
Temple Origin12
The folk Idiom22
Historical Perspective36
Painted and Printed Textiles50
Design Vocabulary80
Kalamkari Artist88
Colours from Nature98
Future of an Ancient Art106
Glossary115

Kalamkari and Traditional Design Heritage of India

Item Code:
IDI713
Cover:
Hardcover
Edition:
2007
Publisher:
Wisdom Tree
ISBN:
818328082X
Size:
11.1" X 8.5
Pages:
117 (86: Color Plates)
Price:
$55.00
Discounted:
$41.25   Shipping Free - 4 to 6 days
You Save:
$13.75 (25%)
Add to Wishlist
Send as e-card
Send as free online greeting card
Kalamkari and Traditional Design Heritage of India

Verify the characters on the left

From:
Edit     
You will be informed as and when your card is viewed. Please note that your card will be active in the system for 30 days.

Viewed 36928 times since 15th Apr, 2013
From The Jacket

The art of Kalamkari painting is one of the oldest among the traditional arts of India. Drawing upon a repertoire of well-loved epics, Kalamkari is full with richness of colour, simplicity of narrative and precision of detail in its presentation that remains unparalleled by other art forms of this genre. In this book, the salient features of this fine art of Kalamkari are interestingly explained. It also details how this ancient textile craft which was deeply rooted in religion has adapted itself to the social changes and political upheavals while evolving into a secular craft in order to conform to changing cultures and trends through the ages. Written in lucid style, the book explores the origin of the beautiful craft and other traditional design forms and documents their evolution as well as carves a road-map for the future.

About The Author Shakuntala Ramani is the chairperson of the Craft Education and Research Centre of the Kalakshetra Foundation, one of the premier art institution of India. A close associate of the late Rukmini Devi Arundale, founder president of the Kalakshetra, the author has served the organization in various roles such as member of the academic Council, editor of the Kalakshetra Art Quarterly and the Kalakshetra News and head of the weaving centre and vegetable dye block printing unit.

Preface

A research unit for reviving the use of vegetable dyes in present-day fabrics was established at the Craft Centre of Kalakshetra in the year 1979. The project was initiated by Kamaladevi Chatopadhyay, the doyen of Indian handicrafts and Rukmini Devi Arundale, founder president of Kalakshetra. The research programme was started with the establishment of a Kalamkari unit in our premises.

Kalamkari is an ancient Indian textile tradition in which designs are fully hand-drawn or block printed using vegetable dyes. Fabric samples have been found during excavations at Mohenjodaro dating back to 2600 BC to 1700 BC. Similar fabrics were also found in a tomb at al Fustat near Cairo proving that it was a prized commodity of trade in the ancient world.

This beautiful art however, had all but vanished in the country of its origin. The term Kalamkari was used in the Indian marketplace to describe a particular type of block print often produced with chemical dyes. Traditional Kalamkari centres had disappeared and craftsmen who knew the ancient techniques were a mere handful who jealously guarded their knowledge to preserve their monopoly.

As head of operations, I had to travel widely to understand and unearth the secrets of this craft, which was nearing extinction. A study of ancient Kalamkari textiles in museums and private art collections revealed the inner strength of this art form. It was fascinating to see very old textile pieces dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries, tattered and brittle with age but still retaining their original colours produced with vegetable dyes. It was obvious that age-old practices and traditional techniques, even though unscientific, had stood the test of time. Kalamkari designs pertaining to different periods in history presented a pictorial record of the changing face of society through the ages.

As the study progressed, spiraling back into the mists of time, the magnificence of this art form stood revealed in all its glory touching many areas of human endeavour, just like the cosmic figure (Viswaroopam) of Sri Krishna revealing the whole of creation within his body (allusion explained on. p. 6). In writing this book, I have attempted to explain the early origins of this art form and subsequent transformations though the ages, which makes it so rich in content and imagery transforming it from a mere textile design to an art form, which reveals the very soul of Indian culture.

CONTENTS
Preface4
Introduction9
Temple Origin12
The folk Idiom22
Historical Perspective36
Painted and Printed Textiles50
Design Vocabulary80
Kalamkari Artist88
Colours from Nature98
Future of an Ancient Art106
Glossary115
Post a Comment
 
Post Review
Post a Query
For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy

Related Items

The Temptation Of Buddha
Batik Painting On Cotton Fabric
2.4 ft X 3.6 ft
Item Code: BD25
$95.00$71.25
You save: $23.75 (25%)
Gautam Buddha
Brass Statue
7.0" X 4.7" X 3.5"
1.4 kg
Item Code: ZF84
$115.00$86.25
You save: $28.75 (25%)
Backorder
Timeless Saree
by Nishi Sinha
Hardcover (Edition: 2014)
Abhinav Publications
Item Code: NAF770
$55.00$41.25
You save: $13.75 (25%)
Indian Painting – The Lesser-Known Traditions
by Anna L. Dallapiccola
Hardcover (Edition: 2011)
Niyogi Books
Item Code: NAC685
$75.00$56.25
You save: $18.75 (25%)
A History of Indian Painting: The Modern Period
by Krishna Chaitanya
Hardcover (Edition: 1994)
Abhinav Publications
Item Code: IDE416
$95.00$71.25
You save: $23.75 (25%)
Shiva-Parvati
by Ashish Khokar
Paperback (Edition: 2001)
Rupa Publication Pvt. Ltd.
Item Code: IDC928
$7.50$5.62
You save: $1.88 (25%)
Hanuman
by Anant Pai
Paperback Comic Book (Edition: 2001)
India Book House Pvt. Ltd.
Item Code: ACK24
$6.50$4.88
You save: $1.62 (25%)
Gods Beyond Temples
by Harsha V. Dehejia
Hardcover (Edition: 2009)
Motilal Banarsidass Publishers
Item Code: IHE056
$75.00$56.25
You save: $18.75 (25%)
FOLKLORE OF ANDHRA PRADESH
by Rama Raju
Paperback (Edition: 1997)
National Book Trust, India
Item Code: IDD736
$9.50$7.12
You save: $2.38 (25%)
Sri Krishna Pastoral and King-Maker
by Swami Ramakrishnananda
Paperback (Edition: 2006)
Sri Ramakrishna Math Printing Press
Item Code: NAB382
$7.50$5.62
You save: $1.88 (25%)
Thanjavur – A Cultural History
by Pradeep Chakravarthy
Hardcover (Edition: 2010)
Niyogi Books
Item Code: NAC543
$50.00$37.50
You save: $12.50 (25%)
Indian Textiles
by John GillowNicholas Barnard
Hardcover (Edition: 2008)
Om Books International
Item Code: NAB865
$95.00$71.25
You save: $23.75 (25%)
Crafts Map of Karnataka
Paperback
Dastkari Haat Samiti
Item Code: IDE496
$16.50$12.38
You save: $4.12 (25%)
Textiles and Weavers in South India
by Vijaya Ramaswamy
Hardcover (Edition: 2006)
Oxford University Press
Item Code: IDH152
$42.50$31.88
You save: $10.62 (25%)
Kamaladevi Chattopadhyaya (A Biography)
by REENA NANDA
Hardcover (Edition: 2002)
Oxford University Press
Item Code: IDD636
$32.00$24.00
You save: $8.00 (25%)

Testimonials

I have been your customer for many years and everything has always been A++++++++++++ quality.
Delia, USA
I am your customer for many years. I love your products. Thanks for sending high quality products.
Nata, USA
I have been a customer for many years due to the quality products and service.
Mr. Hartley, UK.
Got the package on 9th Nov. I have to say it was one of the excellent packaging I have seen, worth my money I paid. And the books where all in best new conditions as they can be.
Nabahat, Bikaner
Whatever we bought from Exotic India has been wonderful. Excellent transaction,very reasonable price excellent delivery. We bought so many huge statues, clothes, decorative items, jewels etc. Every item was packed with love.
Tom and Roma Florida USA
Namaste. I want to thank you as I have received the statue and I shall always remember the service provided to such good standards.
Dr. B. Saha, UK
I received my Green Tara statue today and it's absolutely lovely, much nicer than I'd hoped--thank you so much for arranging its manufacture for me!
Betsy, California
Parcel received is brilliantly packed by your dispatch team. Excellent collection, beautiful Micro-art work. The items are exactly same as displayed. Hats-off to the collection team. The shiva linga Ring & Garuda pendant were superb. Its pleasure shopping every time. God bless your team with good energy to continue this Real collection work.
Badarinath, India
Jamavar arrived so quickly and is beautiful, thank you!
Caro
Your service is exceptional. I am very pleased with your professionalism.
Shambhu, USA
TRUSTe online privacy certification
Language:
Currency:
All rights reserved. Copyright 2016 © Exotic India