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Woven Textiles: Technical Studies Monograph No. 1: Mughal Patkas, Ashavali Saris and Indo-Iranian Metal-Ground Fragments in the Collection of The Calico Museum of Textiles and The Sarabhai Foundation

 
Rahul Jain (Author)
Synopsis

This volume extends the technical overview of Mughal Patkas in our previous publication, Indian Costumes II: Patkas: A Costume Accessory in the Collection of the Calico Museum of Textiles, 2002. It illustrates in greater detail the basic principles of construction of what are among the most technically and aesthetically remarkable silks ever woven in India. Thread models and close-up photographs are used to illustrate, as clearly as possible, the types of yarn, weave structures and patterning techniques found in these. Two related genres of woven silks from the collection: the Ashavali Saris of Gujarat and a series of "Indo-Iranian" metal-ground fragments, are also included to provide a fuller picture of the seminal but largely ignored silk-weaving tradition of Western India. Introductory essays precede the presentation of each group of textiles. This unique study will be of interest and use to textile researchers and students, and also to the practitioners of the art.

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About the author

Rahul Jain

Rahul Jain is a textile researcher and historian who lives and works in New Delhi. His publications include technical studies of the traditional Indian drawloom, the woven silks of Sultanate India, as well as the court velvets, sashes, and luxury fabrics of Mughal India. He has also written about contemporary Indian hand-crafted textiles. He runs a workshop of traditional drawlooms in Varanasi. The workshop weaves silk samite, lampas, and velvet textiles modelled on historical Indian and Iranian fabrics.

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Title Woven Textiles: Technical Studies Monograph No. 1: Mughal Patkas, Ashavali Saris and Indo-Iranian Metal-Ground Fragments in the Collection of The Calico Museum of Textiles and The Sarabhai Foundation
Author Rahul Jain
Format Hardcover
Date published: 27.10.2008
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8186980407
length vi+240p., 401 Coloured Plates; 25 B/w Plates