Overview for Traditional Indian Costumes and Textiles
Evolution of costumes and textile began the day Eve strategically covered herself with the first fig leaf. History testifies that man has been inventing and creating costumes through the ages reflecting the influence of changing times, social life, work style and even seasons. Reciprocal cultural exchanges had affected the remotest tribal belts and the meanest hamlets as far as costumes are concerned. However, very little of the old textile exist these days. Textiles have been produced in India since times immemorial. Our craftsmen had produced textiles of rare quality and costumes of stunning variety which compete with the best in the world at any given period of history India--being a vast sub-continent of strongly contrasting physical features, cultural affinities, political history, religious beliefs and climatic conditions--presents a great platform for the flight of imagination to the costume designers. Plethora of exotic patterns produced by the master craftsmen is a testimony to the heights of their artistic excellence. The informative text part of this volume traces the evolution and history of costumes and textile in India. It dwells upon various styles of embroidery, weaving, painting and printing accompanied by sketches and necessary description. Traditional Indian Costumes and Textile is a lavish presentation of magnificent and enduring art form getting its soul from this great land of the orient.
Parul Bhatnagar (Author)
Dr. (Mrs.) Parul Bhatnagar has a rich experience of 27 years in the field of Textile Designing and Management. She started her career as a Textile Designer with Modi Group. She worked as a Freelance Designer with various organizations and held numerous exhibitions. She has been Advisor to Hastshilp Vikas Nigam, Government of Madhya Pradesh, and was invited as a Consultant for Product Designing by J.K. Synthetics, Kota. She has framed the Syllabus for various educational institutions both at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level. She has guided more than 125 projects in the field of designing, and has provided technical assistance to Small Scale Industries Institute, Ministry of Industries, Government of India. She is a member of Board of the Studies and an Examiner to six Indian universities. She did her doctorate on â€œAn Artistic Evaluation of Indian Traditional Textile Designsâ€. She has been awarded UGC Minor Research Project in 2001. Presently she is working as In-charge, Post Graduate Diploma in Textile Designing, Faculty of Arts, Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Deemed University) Agra.