Of all the Indian handicrafts, textiles form a class by
themselves over which the rest of the world went into ecstasies from time
With an enormous store of myths, symbols, imagery and
inspiration from other art forms Indian textile-craft never faced a slump or
stagnation. On the other hand it transcended from a craft identity to the status of
With shades of classicism, folk tradition and regional flavour the rich
and unrivalled fabrics of India have rightly been called exquisite poetry in
Indian fabric art can be classified into three broad categories-woven,
painted or printed and embroidered. Within this broad outline the present study
pinpoints the historical background of some representative forms each unique in
A search for any linkage with allied art forms as well as
their socio-cultural significance also provides a new perspective.
apparently widely dispersed in contents, they form a composite tapestry of Indian
fabric art tradition and call for more scrutiny before our precious heirlooms are
totally submerged in the tide of the synthetic era.
The book is enriched by
illustrations of rare specimens of historical art fabrics collected from different
museums in the country. Coupled with extensive references this Volume
spotlights a new facet of Indian art heritage which will fascinate both the social
scientists as well as the connoisseurs of Indian art and culture.
About the Author
Dr. Sukla Das took to research as a UGC
Research Fellow after she secured her M.A in History with the first position in the
First Class. She also topped the list in the entire Faculty of Arts of the Jadavpur
University, Calcutta and obtained three gold medals.
At present she is
teaching in the Jadavpur University, Calcutta. Her doctoral and post-doctoral
research works socio-Economic. Life of Northern India and Crime and
Punishment in Ancient India have already carved out a niche for them among the
publications on Indology.
She has also to her credit a number of research
papers published in various journals and commemoration volumes.
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