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Culture of Indigo in Asia: Plant, Product, Power

Kapila Vatsyayan (Editor) Gopalkrishna Gandhi (Foroward)

As an integral part of the historical and socio-cultural fabric of the Asian subcontinent, indigo has served as a backdrop to religion, politics, trade, art forms and society, particularly in India. Culture of Indigo: Plant, Product, Power takes the reader on a timeline tour, with details of the plant’s cultivation and production process. Highlights of indigo’s commercial use and impact on fine arts, architecture, trade, heritage as well as an in-depth analysis of its resurgence in the wake of environmental concerns enrich the reading experience substantially. With contributions from globally-renowned scholars and art connoisseurs, the inherent politics and pleasures associated with indigo come alive. Vivid illustrations, insightful analysis and extensively-researched text hold promise for readers who cannot resist the chequered lineage of Indigo as a plant, a product and a phenomenon. This book, on the history, politics, and commercialization of indigo, will be useful for students, academicians, and historians.

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About the author

Gopalkrishna Gandhi

Gopalkrishna Gandhi served in the Indian Administrative Service for Twenty-three years, in four diplomatic missions of the Government of India for ten years, and in President K.R. Narayanan's secretariat for two and a half years. He is currently Governor, West Bengal.  

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Bibliographic information

Title Culture of Indigo in Asia: Plant, Product, Power
Format Softcover
Date published: 29.04.2014
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Niyogi Books
Language: English
isbn 9789383098231
length 316p., Illustrations; Chiefly Colour; Map; 23cm.