Indian Costumes

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Indian Costumes
Indian costumes as seen today are an outcome of nearly four thousand years of history wrought with significant political, economic, social and cultural upheavals and influences. Consequently, costumes, which form an integral part of any historically dominant culture in India, also underwent several crucial transformations. Indian Costumes presents an overview of Indian costumes from the Vedic times to the 20th century, with special focus on the prevalent vestimentary cultures of northern, eastern and north-eastern, western and central, and southern India, studied in separate sections. Each section attempts to present the history and traditions of the local costumes, their variations according to occasion and social hierarchy - royalty, elite groups, soldiers, dancers and the common man, to name just a few - as well as their accompanying jewellery and other accessories. A finely illustrated book, Indian Costumes takes us through the dazzling array of styles, shades and designs that have held people across the world spellbound since time immemorial.
About the Author
Anamika Pathak is Deputy Curator, Decorative Arts and Textiles, at the National Museum, New Delhi, where she has worked for over two decades, gaining expertise in museology, decorative arts and textiles, and archaeology. A student of ancient Indian history and Buddhist studies, she participates actively in seminars, lectures and talks, and has mounted several exhibitions abroad. Pathak has contributed to several national and international research journals on textiles, arts and museology, including Marg, Arts of Asia, National Museum Bulletin, National Museum Institute Bulletin and Pruratava. She has also contributed towards catalogues for Alamkar, Singapore: 1994; Jewels from India, Milan: 1996; Arts of Sikh Kingdom: London, 1999; and Islamic Arts of India: Malaysia, 2002. She has collaborated on a research project with the Nehru Trust, New Delhi, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, titled 'Painting on Ivory'. She is also the author of a pioneering book, Pashmina.
TitleIndian Costumes
Author NameAnamika Pathak
PublisherRoli Books Pvt. Ltd.
Publication Year2008
Total No. of Pages144
Weight0.78 KGS
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