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Textiles of the Banjara: Cloth and Culture of a Wandering Tribe


A strong thread: the Banjara and their embroidery -- History: empire of the caravan -- Embroidery: song of the cloth -- Banjara style: clothing and ornament -- Revival: new masters of the art.


The first English-language survey of the intricate embroidery and colorful dyes of Banjara textiles, among the most dazzling produced in IndiaThe Banjara,­ an ethnic group composed of semi-nomadic tribes found throughout the Indian subcontinent , are renowned for their highly colorful textiles. Embellished with mirrors, shells, and intricate embroidery, Banjara work displays a surprisingly modern aesthetic. Created to showcase embroidery skill, protect the owner from harm, and channel auspicious powers, the Banjara technique is unique in India and is a celebration of the strength of the women who practice it.This is the first book devoted to the traditional clothing and embroidery of the Banjara, illuminating their long history and investigating their links with the European Roma.

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Bibliographic information

Title Textiles of the Banjara: Cloth and Culture of a Wandering Tribe
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.07.2022
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Thames & Hudson
Language: English
isbn 9780500518373
length 191p., Illustrations (Chiefly Colour), Maps (Colour); 31cm.