Overview for Costume, Textiles and Jewellery of India: Traditions in Rajasthan
Costumes, Textiles and Jewellery of India-Traditions in Rajasthan unveils the eloquent world of traditional Indian attire and adornment. Costume and ornamentation in India is not exclusively a reflection of the earer's personality and preferences. It is the index of a culture proclaiming the place of origin, social position, marital status, occupation, religious affiliations and even the moods of the changing seasons as well as other socio-psychological aspects of daily life. This book focuses on Rajasthan, one of India's most celebrated states, in all the glory of its colourful history and tradition. It documents in detail, the costume and accessories of a ross-section of social groups, at a time when change and tradition are beginning to merge and evolve in the creation of new aesthetic dimensions. Each of the six sections takes up a separate aspect of costume describing rare and complex textile techniques, the nuances of clothing and colour and its usage among various social groups and provides the reader an insight into ornamentation. The section on Garment analysis includes measurements and patterns of commonly worn garments. Perceptive and intricately detailed, this book is a fascinating compilation of information and photographs collected over fifteen years of dedicated research. It is an essential reading for both, those with a casual interest in costume as well as anyone involved in its design and production. It will be particularly useful to students and researchers reflecting on the cultural, social, historic and technical aspects of textiles, attire and ornamentation.
Vandana Bhandari (Author)
Vandana Bhandari has wide and varied experience in the teaching, research and documentation of Indian Textiles. She has studied the traditions, and lifestyle of the people of Rajasthan and has an intimate knowledge and affinity with the subject. Extensively published in journals and magazines, Dr. Bhandari has authored and compiled books on Fashion and Textiles. Her works include: Celebrating Dreams: Weddings in India (1998), Textiles and Crafts of India: Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Manipur (1998) and the NIFT Millennium Document titled Evolving Trends in Fashion. She has also contributed to the Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion. Dr. Bhandari has a Masters Degree in Textiles and Clothing. The subject of her PhD was Womenâ€™s Costume in the Thar Desert. She currently holds a teaching position at the National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi, India.