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Baluchars: The Woven Narrative Silks of Bengal

 
Jasleen Dhamija (Editor)
Synopsis

The historic Baluchar textiles of Bengal are a testament to a unique weaving tradition. Composed of the finest silk, these textiles were painstakingly woven with intricate figurative and decorative patterns. They represent more than just a textile tradition. They are a window into the socio-cultural set-up of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The transition from Nawabi to Colonial rule in Bengal has been beautifully captured through these textiles. This richly illustrated book traces the historical development of Baluchar textiles, especially saris, and the position this art form has come to acquire in the twenty-first century. By dissecting the conditions, inspirations, materials, techniques and aesthetic qualities of this weaving tradition, this book showcases how this art form travelled from Murshidabad to Bishnupur, then to Benares as well as to museums around the world.

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About the author

Jasleen Dhamija

Jasleen Dhamija, who has edited and put together the book on Asian Embroidery, is a well-known researcher and writer on Textiles History. She has written and edited a number of publications on the Living Cultural Traditions of Asia and has been visiting faculty at Institutes in India and Australia. She was awarded the Hill Professorship in University of Minnesota. She worked on development of handicrafts, textiles in India at the pioneering stage for 17 years. She has worked with United Nations Organisation in Iran, Central Asia, East Europe, Africa and South East Asia. She also evaluated the work of UNESCO for the last decade of the previous millennium.

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Bibliographic information

Title Baluchars: The Woven Narrative Silks of Bengal
Format Hardcover
Date published: 14.01.2019
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Niyogi Books
Language: English
isbn 9386906823, 9789386906823
length 234p., 205 Photographs and 8 Illustrations; 306mm x 236mm.