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Basketry: Everyday Art of North East India: A Catalogue of the IGNCA Collection

A.K. Das (Author)

This catalogue presents some rare cultural materials from one of India's remote region i.e. North East India, systematically collected by the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi as a part of their study, research and documentation of ethnographic collection belonging to little known tribes and ethnic groups.

All the selected materials incorporated in this catalogue are fine specimens of basketry and bamboo items preserved at the Cultural Archives of the Janapada Sampada Division of the IGNCA. Some of the items described here are endangered and on the verge of extinction. In this catalogue these materials are meticulously documented for future reference and record. It is hoped that this catalogue will help in skill development in the arena of tradition handicrafts.

This catalogue not only presents a repertoire of basketry and bamboo objects as a whole but also incorporates a comprehensive account of land, people and culture of the region so as to eulogize the significance of the cultural meterials figures here. The catalogue also provides technical details involved in this crafts tradition with necessary diagrams and tables.

All the items present in this catalogue are full illustrated with individual photographs of very good quality. Besides, a few selected photographs depicting the life style of the people as well as ecology of the region to enhance beauty of the book have been inserted here and there.

This book will be useful for all those who are interested in the traditional life and culture of the North East India.

Contents: Foreword; Acknowledgements; 1. Basketry : Everyday Art of North East India; 2. Catagorized List of Basketry Objects; 3. Catalogue of Basketry Objects; 4. References and Footnotes; 5. Glossary.

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About the author

A.K. Das

Dr. A.K. Das obtained his M. Sc. and Ph.D. degree in Mycology and Plant Pathology from Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi in 1991 and 1996 respectively. Presently he is working as Principal Scientist (Plant Pathology) at National Research Centre for Citrus, Nagpur.

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Title Basketry: Everyday Art of North East India: A Catalogue of the IGNCA Collection
Author A.K. Das
Format Hardcover
Date published: 09.05.2016
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9350502577, 9789350502570
length viii+174p., Illustrations; Colour; 30cm.