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Of Fibre And Loom: The Indian Tradition
Of Fibre And Loom: The Indian Tradition
 
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Author : Lotika Varadarajan And Krishna Amin-Patel
Publisher : Manohar
ISBN# : 81-7304-774-x
Pages : 308
Price :INR 5000
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Of Fibre and Loom : The Indian Tradition is the product of collaborative work between a designer-weaver and an ethno-historian. It is a through this joint research that the full range and depth of the textile tradition of the subcontinent is brougth to view. Their mastery over the tools of technology and the discipline of ethno-history has created a synergy, which has allowed the development of a unique focus in the investigations highlighting little known facts relating to the shaping of Indian sensibility. The fibers covered include all varieties of silk, cotton in different counts, bast fibres such as ramic and jute as also animal fibres such as goat hair, camel hair and wool. The book begins with an exploration of the different kinds of looms, weaving mechanisms, the technology and processes involved before and after weaving, found in India. It then proceeds to trace the gradual refinements effected in loom technology, emphasizing the changes that were brought about in the weaves, weave structure and pattern. The book also provides a detailed analysis of the products of the loom against a historical background of the various types of clothing and clothing accessories worn by men and women. It closely knit the connections between loom technology, the variety of fibres used, the end product and the end user. This approach is bound to excite the interest both of ethnographers as well as textile historians. The loom is analysed as a cross-cultural artefact. This necessarily leads to an examination of the correlations in the interfacing between ecology, language and culture. From the wool weaving tradition of Kashmir, Kullu and Kinnaur to the Deccan horizons of Kanchipuram silks and form the Paithani repertoire to the Jamdani woven on the Yongkham loom of Manipur, this book is encycloapedic in range. Illustrated with over 300 original photographs and line-drgs of the loom and products, this book constitutes a unique study and is the only one of its kind so far published.
 
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