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Threads of Identity: Embroidery and Adornment of the Nomadic Rabaris [Hardcover]

Judy Frater
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  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Mapin Publishing Pvt.Ltd (1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8185822085
  • ISBN-13: 978-8185822082
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 2.3 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 874,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In a pioneering approach to textile study, this text presents an in-depth look at the embroideries and dress of the Rabaris of western India. It synthesizes folk art and culture, history and anthropology as a range of striking, elaborately embroidered textiles and exquisite jewellery worn by 12 Rabari subgroups are thoroughly documented. Looking deeper than documentation, "Threads of Identity" is equally about people. It portrays the Rabaris, proud, independent, deeply wedded to tradition, and explains the roles of embroidery and dress in their lives. In this vividly recreated context, the author defines embroidery styles, and interprets elements of embroidery and dress. Patterns in variations express how, over more than 10 centuries, Rabaris migrated across the subcontinent and spread into different regions. Adapting to new environments, subgroups of Rabaris simultaneously preserved their identity. The balance maintained between tradition and change is tangibly expressed in Rabari adornment. In the second half of the book, the author recounts her personal experiences with Rabaris and brings to life these nomads and their own sense of their arts. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 4 Nov 2010
By AliB
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I have had this book out on loan from the library for so long that I decided I needed to have a copy of my own. I love it for its photos, illustrations and stories giving a brilliant insight into the lives of the Nomadic Rabaris. Thoroughly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book 8 Jun 2013
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I bought this book after a textile tor in India. It is very informative and gives me the information I needed.
It would suit someone who was interested in Indian textiles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sensitive beautiful work of the of the hands of Rabari women 29 Jan 1999
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Engaging book, sensitive to the art and traditions of the Rabari women, intelligently and intimately written. Of a very large library on textile art forms, this is one book I return to over and over. I hesitated at the price, but now feel it is worth it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Threads of Identity..a good book. 15 May 2013
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A very good book regarding Rabari Indian embroideries. Its very well researched book by a renound scholar. It is well worth a read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Threads of Identity Is wonderful 1 July 2014
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To me this, this book is wonderful. I've been a needle worker for many years and love the Ribari shisha mirror embroidery. I love reading the journeys the writer wrote about and finding about the people and the patterns of embroidery meanings. This book was a treasure trove of knowledge for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELENT BOOK 20 Dec 1998
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