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Costume, Textiles and Jewellery of India: Traditions in Rajasthan

Vandana Bhandari (Author)
Synopsis Costumes, Textiles and Jewellery of India-Traditions in Rajasthan unveils the eloquent world of traditional Indian attire and adornment. Costume and ornamentation in India is not exclusively a reflection of the earer's personality and preferences. It is the index of a culture proclaiming the place of origin, social position, marital status, occupation, religious affiliations and even the moods of the changing seasons as well as other socio-psychological aspects of daily life. This book focuses on Rajasthan, one of India's most celebrated states, in all the glory of its colourful history and tradition. It documents in detail, the costume and accessories of a ross-section of social groups, at a time when change and tradition are beginning to merge and evolve in the creation of new aesthetic dimensions. Each of the six sections takes up a separate aspect of costume describing rare and complex textile techniques, the nuances of clothing and colour and its usage among various social groups and provides the reader an insight into ornamentation. The section on Garment analysis includes measurements and patterns of commonly worn garments. Perceptive and intricately detailed, this book is a fascinating compilation of information and photographs collected over fifteen years of dedicated research. It is an essential reading for both, those with a casual interest in costume as well as anyone involved in its design and production. It will be particularly useful to students and researchers reflecting on the cultural, social, historic and technical aspects of textiles, attire and ornamentation.
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Vandana Bhandari

During a journey of over three decades as an academician, Vandana Bhandari has worked as an educator, author, and administrator with an active social engagement in the fashion and textile sector. She has held the position of Dean of Academics at the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), and is currently a professor there.  Published in journals and magazines, she has authored and compiled several books on fashion and textiles including: Celebrating Dreams: Weddings in India (1998), Textiles and Crafts of India: Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Manipur (1998), Textiles and Jewellery of India – Traditions in Rajasthan (2004); Jewelled Textiles: Gold and Silver embellished Cloth of India (2014).  Dr Bhandari is the Project Coordinator at NIFT of a national level project titled ‘USTTAD’, which has a collaborative approach for sustaining livelihoods and craft heritage and creates valuable connections between designers and master artisans.

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Title Costume, Textiles and Jewellery of India: Traditions in Rajasthan
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8172340710
length 216p., Plates; Glossary, Bibliography; Index; 34cm.