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Bollywood Crafts: 20 Projects Inspired by Popular Indian Cinema Paperback – 7 Sep 2006

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Guild of Master Craftsman Publications Ltd (7 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861084188
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861084187
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 18.6 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 931,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Momtaz has been writing all her life and writes every single day. From keeping a diary to tweeting, she writes as a day job (journalist) and a hobby (blogging at www.CosILikeMakingStuff.blogspot.com.)

As well as writing Momtaz loves making things; she is even considered one of the UK's most inspiring craft experts (and was recently voted into the top 100 most influential crafters in Britain.) She previously edited the UK's oldest craft magazine, launched her own craftzine called Fete and currently edits a website called www.craftandtravel.com) and runs London's most popular craft night The Make Escape (www.themakeescape.blogspot.com).

Momtaz loves embarking on new adventures and is also an experienced TV presenter and voiceover artist.

Her ambition is to travel the world learning different crafts and then recording her experiences in a book and accompanying TV Show. Knowing her commitment, dedication and creative streak...she'll probably get there in the end.

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About the Author

Momtaz Begum-Hossain has a strong interest and understanding of crafts and a huge fascination and love for the Bollywood industry. She has been the Assistant Editor of Popular Crafts magazine and also regularly contributes craft projects to the BBC children's magazines. She has had articles published in Asian Woman and Asian Bride magazines and also writes a fashion and style column for the Enfield Advertiser and Barnet Press newspapers. When it is launched later this year, Momtaz will also be a feature writer for Anoki, a UK-based Asian style magazine. From 2002-2004, Momtaz ran her own label 'momtazbh' specialising in bespoke handmade bags and accessories. She is currently in the process of re-launching this label as a 'customising' label where people can send in items of clothing to be personally customised. She lives in Lewisham, London.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MLA VINE VOICE on 24 Sep 2006
Format: Paperback
I should preface this review by saying that I'm all thumbs and so appreciate simplicity in designs, and my Bollywood knowledge is not what it used to be but that didn't stop me enjoying Bollywood Crafts. The book is a series of crafting recipes for giving ordinary home features a sparkly Bollywood style twist. The crafting itself is simple enough even for me but can serve as inspiration for creating new ideas. The chatty and informal style feels as though the author is talking and helping the reader through the book. The book is extremely colourful and engaging, even the pages themselves are attractive.

The book also contains a personal snapshot of Bollywood cinema. Introducing each project with a recap of a famous Bollywood film and what it is about that film that inspires the concept. Adorned with pictures and factoids of Bollywood legends I don't think there's a doubt that anyone who appreciates the glitz and glamour of Bollywood will appreciate this book.

For the interested maker of things, the list of recommended locations, retailers, and equipment included in the book is a real asset.

Anyone who likes making stuff will surely enjoy this. I gave a copy to a crafting friend who adores the book. The book should make an excellent gift to those who like to make, especially those who like bright, sparkly ideas or have any affinity to Bollywood.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Patel on 5 Feb 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is in part a examination of the last fifty years of Bombay cinema and part a DIY guide to customising your belongings.

Buy this book and you will bring a touch of Indian glamour in to your home. It is hugely inspirational. So much so that the day after I bought it I decorated my bookshelf using Momtaz's techniques. The book is easy to follow and will appeal to all ages.

I love the colourful style and I found the pictures nostalgic. Anyone in to film, particularly Bollywood, or crafts will fall in love with this simple yet stimulating book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
ehhh... 19 Oct 2012
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I was disappointed at the content of this book. In looking at the cover I thought okay good... some good adult crafts but in looking thorough the book I quickly realized this is more for younger folk,,,preschool to very young teenager. The book throws one off a bit because the movie photos in it make you think it is for adults but like I said the crafts are childish. For example there is a lampshade covered with fabric. that in itself is okay, then it has ribbon trim...ehhh and then handmade fringes out of YARN, not thread but YARN and sewn around the bottom. uggggh only a child would make something hideous like that. Then there is a silver mirror which is a piece of cardboard cut out in a galactic shape painted in silver paint with sheesha mirrors surrounding a large mirror. Teenage stuff. sari bedspread? Just a sari hemmed and thrown on the bed. Photo frame covered with sequins...gaudy. Gold pot..as pictured on the book cover=okay. Trinket boxes= okay. Lamp= hideous. cushion=kindergartener and ugly with the felt shapes on it, bindi greeting card=nice...if you can find a paisley designed card that you can embellish with the sequins, embellished wedge sandals=teenager, belt=tacky, purse=childish, handbag= okay, book cover= nice, celebration bowl=useless and ugly, vase=ok candles and place-mats=ugly, bolster pillows=nice. When I saw this was Bollywood crafts I was happy because I thought it was going to be like some of the nice crafts I have found on the Internet, embellished bracelets, vases, pillows and such not this preschool stuff. If you want a teenager to be inspired then buy the book but if you are looking for anything you can proudly display in your home or wear...pass this one by. I found the ArtPlatter website to be more useful than this book will ever be.
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