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Indian Costumes

Anamika Pathak (Author)
Synopsis Indian costumes as seen today are an outcome of nearly four thousand years of history wrought with significant political, economic, social and cultural upheavals and influences. Consequently, costumes, which form an integral part of any historically dominant culture in India, also underwent several crucial transformations. Indian costumes presents an overview of Indian costumes from the Vedic times to the 20th century, with special focus on the prevalent vestimentary cultures of Northern, Eastern and Northeastern, western and Central, and Southern India, studied in separated sections. Each section attempts to present the history and traditions of the local costumes, their variations according to occasion and social hierarchy-royalty, elite groups, soldiers, dancers, and the common man, to name jus a few – as well as their jewellery and other accessories. A finely illustrated book, Indian Costumes takes us through the dazzling array of styles, shades and designs that have held people across the world spellbound since time immemorial.
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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 Indian Costumes
Format Hardcover
Date published: 30.06.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Roli Books
Language: English
isbn 8174363769
length 144p.