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Saris of India: Tradition and Beyond Hardcover – 11 Jan 2013

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Roli Books; Reprint edition (11 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8174363742
  • ISBN-13: 978-8174363749
  • Product Dimensions: 31.4 x 3.6 x 30.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,077,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Saris illustrates the vibrancy and splendour of this age-old garment through extensive documentation and stunning photographs, carving a neat path through India's material textile culture.' --Embroidery

'For those interested in the history, or working in the design or retailing of textiles, there is much to learn and admire.' --Text, Journal of The Textile Society

'For those interested in the history, or working in the design or retailing of textiles, there is much to learn and admire.' --Text, Journal of The Textile Society

About the Author

Rta Kapur Chishti is the co-author and editor of the previously published 'Saris of India' volumes on Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal, as well as 'Handcrafted Indian Textiles - Tradition and Beyond.' She has been a contributing author to several other publications. As a writer and translator, she has written about the life and work of craftspersons and scripted for films and exhibitions. She has been consistently involved with research and development of handspun-handloom textiles. She is the founder of the 'Sari School' which produces saris and organises workshops and private classes for those who wish to learn the wonders of this unstitched garment and make it more relevant to their lives today. Martand Singh is the Chairman of INTACH U.K. Trust (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage). He was the Director of Calico Museum of Textiles, and initiator and curator of the Vishvakarma series of exhibitions. He has inspired a generation of scholars, textile artists, designers, craftspersons and students to develop their latent talents to create the finest in design, technique and aesthetics in the contemporary context. His evolved understanding and worldwide exposure have compelled him to strive for excellence in numerous projects he has undertaken. He has worked extensively in the field of handlooms in India for which he has been awarded the Padma Bhushan.


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This is a very comprehensive and well written book on the Saris of India. It has details relating to the way you can wear a sari, the history, and absolutely beautiful colour photographs of the different samples of the fabric of the saris in their particular areas of India. No wonder this book took so long to produce. A well worth effort, and much appreciated by this reader.
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By MH on 28 July 2015
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Great book, full of lovely images. Very interesting on draping patterns.
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Wasn't basic enough for me !!!!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9a54293c) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
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HASH(0x9a54abc4) out of 5 stars Excellent book with nice pictures and illustrations! 17 May 2013
By rpv - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book has awesome pictures of Saris. Very very colorful. The book is divided into the states, and each states signature sari patterns, how to wear drawings, sample pictures of women, even state splits of what type of saris are prevalent in different parts. Very well organized, nicely pictured and conceptualized.

The book would have taken years for the authors to put together with all those lovely pictures. Incredible effort by the author to bring traditional Sari pictures in a coffee table format.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a54ac24) out of 5 stars Beautiful and informative 30 April 2013
By Avid reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Rta Kapur Chishti's "Saris of India: Tradition and Beyond" is a gorgeous coffee table book that describes sarees and variations from the regions of India that traditionally wear draped clothing. Chishti gives background information on the styles of sarees produced in the region at the various weaving centers, and includes photos of many of these textiles types.

The author also gives tying instructions for many of the traditional drapes of the various regions, including those of working women (fishers, farm laborers, flower sellers), dancers, and Brahmins.

A heavy and large book, "Saris of India" may be difficult to store on edge in many bookshelves. But that is a minor quibble, as the book itself is beautiful enough to leave out on a table. Recommended for those interested in traditional sarees, textiles in general, and information on the weaving centers of India.
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HASH(0x9a54dbe8) out of 5 stars Large book 19 Feb. 2013
By Ann - Published on Amazon.com
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This is not your standard sized book, but rather a coffee table display sized book. Absolutely beautiful. I hesitated to remove the plastic, as it arrived in such pristine condition. I'd been waiting for the price to come down, and this was well-worth the wait. Kudos to Rta Kapur Chishti for a comprehensive view of the spectacular saris of India.
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