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Naga Textiles

Naga Textiles

Design, Technique, Meaning and Effect of a Local Craft Tradition in Northeast India

By (author) Marion Wettstein


  • The fascinating effects of the fabrics today come into its own once again
  • This monograph is a plea for ethnographic drawing as a scientific method
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The focus of this comprehensive work is the aesthetics and the decryption of the language of the textiles of the Nagas, a group of tribal local cultures in the north-east of India and the north-west of Burma. For more than ten years, anthropologist Marion Wettstein has systematically been drawing the traditional fabrics, and researching their design, production techniques, meaning and contemporary transposition into fashion. More than 60 color pencil drawings and 180 watercolors on the morphology of the textile samples are considered by the author to be not just an artistic translation but in particular visual argumentation.

While the work shows how the textile patterns are laden with meaning of a complex system of status and social structure, it also illuminates what is understood by these concepts in the context of the Nagas and to what extent they are also constructs of colonial and scientific intervention.

18th Nov 2014
USA & Canada
8.43 in x 10.63 in
368 Pages
130 color
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