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Volume 51 Number 4, June 2000

The Arts of Kutch (Reprint 2004)


Edited by:  Christopher W. London

Price:   Rs 2500 (INR) / $66 (USD)
Binding:   Hardcover  
Specifications:   148 ages, 131 illustrations  
ISBN:   81-85026-48-3  
Dimensions:   324 x 241 mm

    The former princely state of Kutch in northwestern Gujarat has a long, colourful history of art patronage. Kutch made a supreme contribution to medieval Indian culture – its temple architecture dates from the late 9th to the mid-l0th century ce, and its 12th and early 13th century mosques at Bhadreshwar are the oldest in all of India. From the mid-18th century until the early 20th, this “place apart” from the rest of India pursued a different and extraordinary course in both art and architecture. The Aina Mahal and Prag Mahal palaces at Bhuj, discussed here in three articles, display beautiful rooms and are now museums. Of the varied arts and crafts of Kutch, the textiles are deservedly famous, and represent the best known artistic output. Its painting, woodcarving, and silverwork are amongst some of the other equally significant Kutch productions.

            A volume devoted solely to the various arts of Kutch represents a novel publishing enterprise, and the scholars who have contributed here offer authoritative insights into this singularly fascinating region.

    Introduction
    Christopher W. London

    Temples in Kutch: Symphony in Stone
    M.A. Dhaky

    Bhadreshwar and the Architecture of the Early Muslim Settlers
    Mehrdad Shokoohy

    A Glorious Heritage: Maharao Lakhpatji and the Aina Mahal
    Pramod J. Jethi and Christopher W. London

    The Aina Mahal: An Early Example of “Europeanerie”
    Amin Jaffer

    The Prag Mahal and Henry St Clair Wilkins’ Architecture
    Christopher W. London

    Painting in Kutch: Surprises and Delight
    B.N. Goswamy

    Domestic Wood-Carvings of Kutch: Cross-Cultural Influences
    Jyotindra Jain

    Textiles in Kutch
    Rosemary Crill

    Embroidery: A Woman’s History of Kutch
    Judy Frater

    Kutchi Silver: A Meeting of East and West
    Wynyard R.T. Wilkinson and Mary-Louise Hawkins

    Index