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Indian Textiles: 1000 Years of Art and Design

Karun Thakar (Author) Avalon Fotheringham (Author) Steven Cohen (Author) Rosemary Crill (Editor)

The book features items from one of the world’s foremost private collections of Indian textiles, the Karun Thakar Collection, together with key pieces from two recently united American collections, The Textile Museum and the Cotsen Textile Traces Study Collection in Washington, DC. The book and accompanying exhibition offer a unique approach to understanding Indian textile culture through reference to three distinct traditions: abstract, floral and figurative design.


With essays by three leading international Indian textile curators, the publications the focus on textile ornament rather than date, region, usage, or technique provides new perspective and scholarship on this ancient artistic tradition. The book will highlight the tradition’s remarkable diversity, with objects ranging from folk embroideries to Mughal courtly weavings, and from early textiles traded to Egypt and Southeast Asia to 18th-century chintzes exported to Europe.

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About the authors

Steven Cohen

Steven Cohen received his doctorate from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, on the subject of Floorspreads in pre-Mughal India. Formerly Deputy Editor of Hali magazine, and now an idependent textile historian, he has specialized in the general study of Asian textiles, with early Indian woven silks, Idian knotted-pile carpets, and structural analysis as primary interests.

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Rosemary Crill

Rosemary Crill is Deputy Curator of the Indian & South-East Asian Department of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, where she specialises in Indian textiles and Rajasthani paiting. Her publications include Hats from India, Tie-dyed Textiles of India (co-author), Colours of the Indus: Costume and Textiles of Pakistan (co-author), Indian Ikat Textiles, Marwar Paiting: A History of the Jodhpur Style, and Indian Embroiderey.

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Title Indian Textiles: 1000 Years of Art and Design
Format Hardcover
Date published: 12.07.2021
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9781898113966
length 391p., 350 Color, 8 B&W Illustrations: Size: 370 mm x 306 mm