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Tradition and Beyond

By (author) Rta Kapur Chishti
Edited by Martand Singh


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  • The most comprehensive and authoritative reference on the subject - put together after 20 years of research
  • Invaluable resource for textile designers, historians, and specialists as the book gives detailed analysis on every aspect of the Sari
  • Based entirely on the knowledge of the weavers and what they have carried as an inheritance from past generations
  • Tells you where to go to purchase a particular sari and who to go and see
Full Description
The sari is the most representative apparel of India, worn in a variety of ways. The sari is a fabric-length of varying densities in its body, borders and end pieces often woven by combining a range of cottons and silks in colours and patterns that are constantly evolving. Saris is an exhaustive overview of this fascinating unstitched garment and a cutting-edge documentation of design and all that supports it socially, culturally and economically. Travelling district-by-district, village-by-village, the book explores an entire spectrum of traditional weaver and printer settlements in fourteen sari-producing states of India. Thus emerges the first comprehensive compilation of the whole range and scale of the sari: the structures, designs, colours, the format and technology that make up the lingua of the sari. For the first time, this book offers a step-by-step guide for at least 108 ways of draping the sari, through a series of line drawings and colour photographs. A vivid account of how saris come into being for the lay reader and the specialist - be they textilists, designers, scholars or developers who will find this book equally engaging. Contents: Preface; Credits; The Sari: An Introduction; Kerala; Karnataka; Goa; Maharashtra; Gujarat; Madhya Pradesh; Chhattisgarh; Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand; Bihar; Jharkhand; West Bengal; Orissa; Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu; Glossary; Bibliography.
Roli Books
6th Dec 2019
307 mm x 314 mm
276 Pages
1352 color, 825 b&w
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