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Indian Saris: Traditions-Perspectives-Design

Vijai Singh Katiyar (Author)
Synopsis This book lends a new dimension to the way the traditional Indian sari is looked at, and upholds it as an epitome of holistic design with a unique creative expression. In the backdrop of Indian socio-cultural and economic ethos, the pages inside unfold the mesmerising woven yards of the sari, the quintessential piece of garment that has draped the Indian women since time immemorial.

The sari has been subjected to innumerable cross-cultural influences brought in by the rise and fall of empires that marked the history of India. Perhaps no other textile product reflects the resilience of the Indian handloom sector as the sari, a true example of fine Indian sensibilities.

The volume, with over 892 visuals, aims to delight and enrich the aesthetic experience of the reader with information on a wide range of saris from both the past and the present and ultimately introduces the contemporary design initiatives taking place in the sector. It enumerates the fascinating accounts of the sari's traditional significance, the diverse styles of weaving, design vocabulary, and even the myriad styles of draping found across the subcontinent. It is indeed a glowing tribute to the magic flowing out of the deft hands of the Indian weaver and to the undeterred artistic spirit of the sari.
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About the author

Vijai Singh Katiyar

Vijai Singh Katiyar is an accomplished designer and a senior faculty member at the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, India. He graduated as a textile designer from NID, before which he trained as a textile technologist at the Government Central Textile Institute (GCTI), Kanpur. His ongoing doctoral research is in the area of crafts and design education. He is also a member of the Policy & Planning Committee of NID.

In his career spanning two decades, Vijai has undertaken considerable amount of work in many aspects of design and design education. He has led and given impetus to a number of activities at the NID including outreach, education and international programmes. He has been responsible for the development and execution of the System of Educational Excellence in Design (SEED) at NID. He is also a founder member of the 'International Center for Indian Crafts' set up at NID in 2005.

As part of his professional practice, he has helped a number of business enterprises for domestic as well as export sectors by contributing strategic design, product development and diversification and implementation in the areas of Yarn Design, Apparel Fabrics, Jacquard Fabrics, Saris, Carpets & Rugs, Home Textiles, Made-ups & Accessories and Crafts. His interests include photography, graphics and visual merchandising.

Vijai has also organised and anchored four national seminars and an international conference on design education, DETM 2005. He has authored several papers on design and other related topics and served on the jury panels of design competitions. His recent publication is Design Education: Tradition & Modernity. He is also a member, governing council, Kumarappa National Handmade Paper Institute, Jaipur, and actively contributes to several other professional and administrative bodies.mber, governing council, Kumarappa National Handmade Paper Institute, Jaipur, and actively contributes to several other professional and administrative bodies.

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Bibliographic information

Title Indian Saris: Traditions-Perspectives-Design
Format Hardcover
Date published: 23.07.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Wisdom Tree
Language: English
isbn 9788183281225
length 212p.