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Craft Matters: Artisans, Development and the Indian Nation

Soumhya Venkatesan (Author)
Synopsis Craft Matters explores the ways in which ‘ traditional Indian craft producers’ engage with the efforts of governmental and non governmental agencies to preserve, promote and develop their crafts. Based on long-term ethnographic fieldwork among the Labbai Muslim mat weavers of Pattamadai town in South India, this anthropological study explores the ways in which the famous Pattu Pai  or high-quality silk-like mats of Pattamadai became classified as traditional craft objects, and what this classification has meant to the weavers who are now simultaneously national heroes and ( paradoxically) marginalized and suspect Muslims. Handwoven by poor Muslims and bought by elite Tamil Hindus for use in marriage ceremonies and as craft objects by other affluent sections of society, the mats are made within the literature to embody liberal ideals of harmony  between Hindus and Muslims, rural poor and urban elites, the past and the present, and tradition and modernity. The mats make their weavers accepted and celebrated within the wider nation, allowing them to act on the national stage. However, this is constantly constrained by the very ways in which ‘ craft’ is conceptualized in India. This book will be of interest to anthropologists concerned with the agency of objects, the production of person through things and the working of development on the ground. Written in a lively and jargon-free style, it will also be interest to scholars of development, development, practitioners and all those fascinated craft.
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About the author

Soumhya Venkatesan

Soumhya Venkatesan is a lecturer in Social Anthropology at thee University of Manchester. She did her BA in History at the Women’s Christian College, University
Of Madras, an MA in Art History at the National Museum Institute in New Delhi and her MPhil and PhD in Social Anthropology at Christ’s College, Cambridge. She moved to Manchester in 2006 following a Hunt Memorial postdoctoral fellowship (Wenner-Gen Foundation) and a postdoctoral research position at King’s College, Cambridge

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Bibliographic information

Title Craft Matters: Artisans, Development and the Indian Nation
Format Hardcover
Date published: 22.05.2009
Edition Ist ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788125036821
length xv+294p., Plates; Map; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.