About the Book
Rajasthan has long been famous as a centre of production of many different kinds of cloth, and for the skilled techniques of its crafts people. From woodblock printing and cotton embroidery to gota and zardozi, every type of cloth production and decoration is found in the region. Each is also well represented in the collection of the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum, in the City Palace in Jaipur, as the members of the court were always ardent patrons and supporters of local arts.
This is the fifth book in a new series of illustrated publications that was launched in 2014, with the intention of bringing the museum's collections to the attention of a wider audience. Other volumes illustrate some of our finest examples of arms and armor, painting and photography, and textiles and garments. In this volume, Dr Vandana Bhandari, a noted expert in the field, focuses specially on textiles that were made locally. By showcasing and celebrating some of our best examples, we hope to raise awareness and interest and preserve the legacy of the magnificent textiles of Rajasthan.
About the Author
During journey over three decades academician, Vandana Bhandari as educator, author, and administrator with active social engagement fashion and textile sector. has Fashion Technology (NIFT), and currently a professor there.
Published in journals magazines, she has and compiled several books fashion and textiles including: Celebrating Dreams: Weddings India (1998), Textiles and Crafts Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Manipur (1998), Textiles and Jewellery of India Textiles: Gold Cloth India (2014).
Dr Bhandari is the Project Coordinator NIFT national level project titled 'USTTAD', which collaborative approach for sustaining livelihoods craft heritage creates valuable connections between designers and master artisans.
A garments in the Jaipur royal collection, is mong the thousands of textiles and dancing ladies. Itoyal patronage for textiles such an olma, or woman's head covering, with a fine finest textile techniques in Rajasthan and other black muslin base and a checkerboard type of design on the central rectangle. There are three circular motifs the small circle with a red base represents a sun, while the two large circles in the centre depict dancing women with peacocks and floral motifs. The side border has parrots and flowers, while the pallu border has elephants and a boota design with multiple types of trees and as this led to the development of some of the parts of India The Jaipur court has records of keerthanas or ateliers producing different textiles from 18th. century onwards. This kind of assimilation and development of textiles was possible because of the existence of strong patronage from the court The rich and multifaceted textile collection of the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum in Jaipur Cry Palace spans a period of 350 years from the end of the ith cry to the middle of the 20th cory. The mom buses over 2500 pieces of textiles many of which are in pristine condition The techniques used to create these textiles were practised across the country and many of them continue to be practised in Rajasthan, especially in Jaipur, even today.
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