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Volume 58 Number 4, June 2007

Threads & Voices

Behind the Indian Textile Tradition

Edited by:  Laila Tyabji

Photographs by:  Siddhartha Das

Price:   Rs 2500 (INR) / $66 (USD)
Binding:   Hardcover  
Specifications:   144 pages, 160 illustrated  
ISBN:   978-81-85026-79-4  
Dimensions:   305 x 241 mm

    This is a volume with a difference – interpreting the textile through the contemporary craftspeople that make it, as well as including the voices of the designers and craft interventionaries who work with them. A single theme – the story behind the stitches, the people behind the products – runs through the book. The articles, by textile historians and designers, cover kani of Kashmir, phulkari of Punjab, chikan of Lucknow, Rajasthani block printing, sujuni of Bihar, weaving and mirrorwork of Kachchh, ari and ari bharat of Banaskantha, doria of Chinnur, Lambani embroideries of Karnataka, and the resilient symbol of swadeshi – khadi.

    Laila Tyabji is founder member and Chairperson of Dastkar, a Society for Crafts & Craftspeople, established in 1981. Helping craftspeople, especially women, learn to use their inherent skills as a means of employment and independence is the crux of the Dastkar programme. Laila's own speciality is textile-based crafts, especially embroidery and applique, using traditional skills and design as a base for products with a contemporary appeal.

    Siddhartha Das is a communication designer who primarily works in the cultural domain and with traditional Indian crafts. 


    Laila Tyabji

    Picasso Gets a Sewing Machine: Current Trends in Rabari Textile Arts
    Lachhuben Raja and Pabiben Soma in conversation with Judy Frater

    In Search of Perfection: Chikankari of Lucknow
    Paola Manfredi

    Chippas of Rajasthan …Bindaas Unlimited
    Meeta and Sunny

    Embroidered Gardens of Flowers: Bagh and Phulkari of Punjab
    Jasleen Dhamija

    Weaving a Vision: Doria of Chinnur
    Uzramma and Annapurna M.

    Kashmiri Embroidery
    Jenny Housego

    Charkha: The Hand Spinning Wheel
    Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee

    Life Passages in Embroidery: The Lambani Women Artisans
    Lakshmi Narayan and Maianna von Hippel

    Sujuni of Bihar: Stitching Women’s Lives
    Skye Morrison

    Warp and Weft: Tradition and Change, Craftsmanship and Innovation, Artisan and Art in Bhujodi
    Master Weavers Vishramji Valji, Hamir Vishramji, Shyamji Vishramji, and family in conversation with Judy Frater

    Threads and Voices: Embroidery as Identity and Empowerment
    Laila Tyabji