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Indian Shawls: Mantles of Splendour

Asha Rani Mathur (Author)
Synopsis From the earliest times to the present, shawls have been part of the great tradition of Indian textiles, especially that of weaving. Some were famed throughout the world as the luxurious merchandise of kings and emperors, some were simply a practical necessity against biting cold. Yet they were always made vivid with colour and decoration, the hallmarks of the Indian craftsman. This book in five parts briefly looks at some major shawl traditions in India drawn from various regions, including the "woven jewels" of Kashmir and those of Punjab and Nagaland. The text examines the contexts of shawls from different parts of India, their weaving and their patterning. Lavishly illustrated with colour photographs from a number of sources, including museums, this book is a glimpse of one of the greatest of Indian textile arts.
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About the author

Asha Rani Mathur

Asha Rani Mathur has been associated with both books and music. A freelance writer and editor, she has worked on inflight magazines, edited and produced books on aspects of Indian life and culture as well as art catalogues and written on subjects as far apart as restaurant food and ancient India. She has also scripted documentaries for television. In music, she has been associated with the Music Today label as producer of many of their classical albums and fusion series.

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Bibliographic information

Title Indian Shawls: Mantles of Splendour
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Rupa & Co.
Language: English
isbn 8129103087
length 96p., Col. Plates; Bibliography; 22cm.