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Textiles, Costumes and Ornaments of the Western Himalaya

O C Handa (Author)
Synopsis Traditional costumes and ornaments of the people in the interiors and in the rural areas of the Western Himalaya present a grand spectacle of enchanting designs, forms, and colour preferences. The aesthetic and utilitarian elements are deeply ingrained in the artifacts of this region. So vast is the diversity and the form and use of ornaments and dresses of the people of this region that one can find in them not only the influence of the areas around, but also of the distant countries. One finds reflected in the ornaments and dresses of the composite communities in the Western Himalayan region, the influences from the neighbouring plains in the mainland. In the interiors, the indigenous traditions of the people have interfused with the other cultural strains on the international dimension, from Tibet, Central Asia and the Middle Eastern world. This region has, thus, been a vast cauldron for the interfusion of innumerable racio-cultural influences. And one finds them most vividly reflected in the costumes and ornaments of the people of this region. In the present study, an attempt has been made to present a kaleidoscopic view of the whole ethno-cultural scenario of the Western Himalayan region through the traditional textiles, costumes and ornaments of the people.
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O C Handa

Born in Mandi (Himachal Pradesh) on 2nd October 1936, Dr. O.C. Handa is an outstanding scholar, connoisseur of art and a persistent adventurer. In his exploratory pursuits, he has successively undertaken several expeditions to the far-flung pockets in the Western Himalayan region upto the border of Tibet, mostly on foot. This underscores his interest and zeal in exploring antique but extant sources of history, art and culture of this region. Dr. Handa did his post-graduation in History from University of Mysore, Ph.D. from Meerut University and D.Litt. from Agra University – his speciality being the Buddhist Archaeology of the Western Himalayan region. Besides articles, research papers and radio and T.V. performances, he has numerous books on art, history and culture of the Western Himalayan region to his credit. Dr. Handa was a fellow of Himachal Academy of Art, Languages & Culture, Shimla during 1984-1986; of Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi during 1991-1993; and of Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla during 1996-1998.

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Bibliographic information

Title Textiles, Costumes and Ornaments of the Western Himalaya
Author O C Handa
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1998
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173870764
length 312p., Figures; Plates; Maps; References; Bibliogrpahy; Index.