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Textile: Binding Threads Between Cultures from National Museum Collections

B.R. Mani (Author) Anamika Pathak (Author)

Textiles: Binding Threads between Cultures from National Museum Collection is significant publication in many ways. Although the museum does not have a dedicated textile department, there are seven departments, out of ten, who possess the textile collection. These departments have textiles collections of India mainly from North, East, South, West and North East preserved in Decorative Arts, Anthropology, Paintings, Manuscripts, Arms and Armour departments. Fairly representative artefacts are from the non-Indian collection, which belongs to Pre-Columbian and Western Arts and Central Asian Antiquities. Time to time different departments had organized the textile exhibition and also come up with the small publication of individual department. For the first time, a collaborative effort was taken and all department have come together for this special publication dedicated on textiles. For the first-time two-day symposium on "The Art of South Indian Embroidery and Preventive care of textiles" was organized in 2015. The focus of this symposium was the highlight the embroidery tradition of South India, which got less attention in comparison to other textile traditions of the Southern region. First five articles are from scholars, who had presented their research in the symposium. Dr Choodamani Nadagopal was the key speaker, who brought the various traditions of embroideries in the religious setting of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh. Professor Dr Vandana Bhandari had looked the overall variations including the tribal, ethnic, rural and urban. One of the masterpieces of decorative arts department of the National Museum is the hand embroidered ten feet long temple hanging, which has been studied by the Dr Anamika Pathak. The stitches of this hanging have been studied at the micro level by Dr Simmi Bhagat and Dr Rohini Arora. Ms. Smita Singh has studied the use of beetle wings in the South Indian embroideries. Rest of the papers are the encouraging efforts of the young curatorial staff of the National Museum from different departments, who have summaries their collection.The painting on cloth is one of the old traditions of India and still being practiced, which has been looked upon by the Dr Kanak Lata Singh. The manuscript department has an important the Holy Quran written jacket, which has been studied in detail by Mr. Khatibur Rahman. The overview of the textile collection of Decorative arts has been discussed by Mr. Zahid Ali Ansari. Similarly, the overview of the textile collection of Anthropology has been discussed by the Ms, Anju Sachdeva, and Mr. Sushmit Sharma. National Museum has the pride possession of two very important collections 'Pre-Columbian and Western Art' and 'Central Asian Antiquities', and both have a good representative textile collection. Brief about the textile collections have written by Dr Binoy Kumar Sahay for Central Asian Antiquities. And about the Pre-Columbian textiles have been discussed by Dr Mohan Pratap and Ms Shubha Banerjee. Influence of Kushana costumes was studied on coins is an interesting and important aspect to look upon the material culture, have been studied in detail by Ms. Komal Pande.

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Anamika Pathak

Dr. Anamika Pathak has Masters in Buddhist Studies and Ancient Indian History and Culture, doctorate in Mughal Costumes, Museum Management Course from Art Institute Chicago.  More than three decades (1980-2019) curatorial career in the National Museum she has curatored three permanent {Indian Textile (1996), Wood Carving (2012) Decorative Arts, 2013} and number of temporary exhibitions, recent ones are-‘The Art of Calligraphy and Beyond (2015) ‘Rama-Abhirama: The Beauty of Rama in Indian Art and Tradition’,(2017-18) Headgear tradition of India (2018). Extensively travelled with several prestigious exhibitions like ‘Nizam’s Jewels’ (Delhi and Hyderabad), ‘Alamkara’ (Singapore) ‘The Word is Sacred and Sacred is the Word’ (Germany) are the named few. Closely associated with several academic and cultural institutes (named as National Museum Institute of History of Art, Conservation and Museology; Archaeological Survey of India, Indian Institute of Crafts and Design, Jaipur; Lady Erwin College, Delhi University; Dayalbagh University, Agra; National Institute of Fashion Technology etc.) Actively involved in delivering lectures on various aspects of Indian Traditional Textiles, Decorative Arts, Museology and Preventive Conservation etc.  She has presented research papers in several national and international seminars. (recent one was at India Heritage Centre, Singapore on ‘Sacred Textiles-its tradition and variations, in 2018) Books to her credit are (‘Pashmina’; ‘Indian Costume’ by Roli Publications, ‘Arts of Calligraphy and beyond’; ‘Ramayana: the Poetic Expression on Temple hanging’ and ‘Rama-Hanuman: some selected episode from Ramayana’(in Hindi) by National Museum, New Delhi and more than thirty research articles, booklets, portfolio. These have been published in research journal like Marg, Arts of Asia, INSA Journal, Kala Purattava etc. 

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Title Textile: Binding Threads Between Cultures from National Museum Collections
Format Softcover
Date published: 30.12.2019
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher National Museum
Language: English
isbn 8185832455
length 112p. (Throughout Colour)