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A book-lovers guide to Indian textiles

From the costumes of Indian royal families to the drapes of the contemporary sarifive books on Indian textiles

The Fabric of India by Rosemary Crill.
The Fabric of India by Rosemary Crill.

The Fabric of India by Rosemary Crill

In October 2015, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London held an exhibition titled The Fabric Of India. To accompany the exhibit, curator Rosemary Crill put together this volume, with beautifully illustrated essays on textiles from the subcontinent.

Victoria & Albert Museum, 2015

Costumes and Textiles of Royal India by Ritu Kumar

This seminal book by one of India’s leading fashion designers documents the history of Indian textiles, beginning from ancient times, through the Mughal period, to the British Raj and independence, even the costumes of erstwhile royal families today.

Christie’s Books, 1999

Handcrafted Indian Textiles.

Handcrafted Indian Textiles by Rta Kapur Chishti and rahul Jain, edited by Martand Singh

Led by late curator and historian Martand Singh, the Visvakarma series of exhibitions marked the revival of traditional Indian textiles in 1980-1990. This book captures this moment in history through the 140 textiles it showcased.

Lustre/Roli, 2005

Indian Textiles.

Indian Textiles by John Gillow and Nicholas Barnard

This book covers the entire range of Indian textiles, from the Rann of Kutch to the Coromandel coast, from tribal to folk textiles, from weaving to printing traditions, and places them in the |context of history, culture, trade and techniques.

Thames & Hudson, 1993

Cloth and India: 1947-2015.

Cloth and India: 1947-2015

Edited by Mayank Mansingh Kaul

This offers an up-to-date account of contemporary Indian textiles. With essays on the future of textiles by Ritu Sethi, the metamorphosis of the sari by Sujata Assomull, and revivalism by Laila Tyabji, it captures the opportunities and challenges for Indian textiles.

Marg, June 2016

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