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Splendors of Pahari Embroidery

Anamika Pathak (Editor) Binoy Kumar Sahay (Editor) International Textiles Research Seies

The Pahari Embroidery is the sparkle of the Embroiderer's Art over centuries in the land of Himachal Pradesh, undivided Punjab and Jummu Region. The Region is situated in closer proximity to Himalayas; hence it has been identified as Phari Embroidery. Althrough, it is popularly known as Chamba Rumals the art is practiced in the above mentioned regions of India; hence the nomenclature. The art is crried out ny masses and classes with great love and passion and hence some of the exexutions can be compared with the "Miniature Paintings" of the area. It was never supposed to be a commercial embroidery. It is execued on while muslin/khaddar coverlets exquisitely embroidered with silk threasa using satin stich. as th dominating stitch and it covers the themes on Krishna, Rasamanadala, Gajantaka Siva, Ganesha, Ramayana scences, Hanuman, wedding scenes, humting, geometric design and many more. So the questions which kept us busy in thoughts were why these were known as Chamba Rumal-while being practied in a very large geograohical area? It was not a commercial activity but the intensity and dedication to pursue the Art from was very close to the heart. What was the psychology behind it? These were a few basic questions nagging our minds to look at the various aspects of Pahari Embroidery vividly.

Fourteen scholars have contributed to look at different aspects of embroidery of Western Himalayan Region. Their contributions are on a variety of subjects.

The authors who contributed notably are -- Mr. Vijay Shar,a, Dr. Gagan Sharma, Dr. Anamika Pathak, Dr. Rohini Arora, Dr.Subhasini Aryan, Dr. Anjan Chakraverty, Dr.Toolika Gupta, Dr. Cristin MeKnight Seth, Dr. Nita Sen Gupta, Dr. Janki Turaga, Dr.Jasminder Kaur, Late Mr.Kamal Prashad Sharma, Dr. Binoy Kumar Sahay & Ms. Namrata Dalela.

The book deleves into the social and cultural imprints of the Pahari Embroidery and its waning popularity. An 'Art-from' which wa fondly an integral part of the family is dying out, This book aims to let people know about this beautiful creation from the western Himalayan region of India and this Art be given its due place in the Inidan Art scenario.

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Title Splendors of Pahari Embroidery
Format Hardcover
Date published: 11.06.2018
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789387587540
length 224p., Illustrations 120 Color Plates; 5 Table; 28cm.