South Asian textiles reading list

Introduction to South Asian Textiles

Gillow, John and Barnard, Nicholas, Traditional Indian Textiles, London, Thames & Hudson, 1991.

Kumar, Ritu, Costumes and Textiles of Royal India, London, Christies Books, 1999.

Lynton, Linda, The Sari, London, Thames & Hudson, 1995.

More About South Asian Textiles

Ames, Frank, The Kashmir Shawl and Its Indo-French Influence, Woodbridge, Antique Collector's Club, 1997 (3rd edition).

Askari, Nasreen and Arthur, Liz, Uncut Cloth; Saris, Shawls and Sashes, London, Merrell Holberton, 1999.

Askari, Nasreen and Crill, Rosemary, Colours of the Indus: Costume and Textiles of Pakistan, London, V&A/Merrell Holberton, 1997.

Crill, Rosemary, Indian Embroidery, London, Victoria & Albert Museum, 1999.

Gillow, John and Barnard, Nicholas, Traditional Indian Textiles, London, Thames & Hudson, 1991.

Guy, John, Woven Cargoes: Indian Textiles in the East, London, Thames & Hudson, 1998.

Kumar, Ritu, Costumes and Textiles of Royal India, London, Christies Books, 1999.

Lynton, Linda, The Sari,London, Thames & Hudson, 1995.

Nabholz-Kartaschoff, Marie-Louise, Golden Sprays and Scarlet Flowers: Traditional Indian Textiles from the Museum of Ethnography, Basel, Switzerland, Kyoto, Kodansha, 1986.

Whitechapel Art Gallery, Woven Air; The Muslin and Kantha Tradition of Bangladesh, London, Whitechapel Art Gallery, 1988.

A Detailed Bibliography on South Asian Textiles

General Works

Askari, Nasreen and Arthur, Liz, Uncut Cloth; Saris shawls and sashes, London, Merrell Holberton, 1999.

Barnes, Ruth, Steven Cohen and Rosemary Crill, Trade, Temple and Court: Indian Textiles from the Tapi Collection, Mumbai, India Book House, 2002.

Devi, Pria, The Master Weavers, London, Royal College of Art, 1982.

Dhamija, Jasleen (ed.), Woven Silks of India, Mumbai, Marg Publications, 1995.

Gillow, John and Barnard, Nicholas, Traditional Indian Textiles, London, Thames & Hudson, 1991.

Goswamy, B.N., Indian Costumes in the Collection of the Calico Museum of Textiles, Ahmedabad, Calico Museum, 1993.

Kumar, Ritu, Costumes and Textiles of Royal India, London, Christie's, 1999.

Lynton, Linda, The Sari, London, Thames & Hudson, 1995.

Nabholz-Kartaschoff, Marie-Louise, Golden Sprays and Scarlet Flowers: Traditional Indian Textiles from the Museum of Ethnography, Basel, Switzerland, Kyoto, Kodansha, 1986.

Singh, Chandramani, Textiles and Costumes from the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum, Jaipur, MSMSII Museum Trust, 1979.

Watt, George, Indian Art at Delhi 1903, Calcutta, 1903.

Welch, S.C., India: Art and Culture 1300-1900, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1985.

Specific Textile Types

Ames, Frank, The Kashmir Shawl and its Indo-French Influence, Woodbridge, Antique Collectors' Club, 1997 (3rd edition).

Buhler, Alfred and Fischer, Eberhard, The Patola of Gujarat,  Basel, Krebs, 1979.

Buhler, Alfred and Nabholz, Marie-Louise, Indian Tie-Dyed Fabrics,  Ahmedabad, Calico Museum of Textiles, 1980.

Crill, Rosemary, Hats from India, London, Victoria &  Albert Museum, 1985.

Crill, Rosemary, Indian Ikat Textiles, London, Victoria  & Albert Museum, 1998.

Crill, Rosemary, Indian Embroidery, London, Victoria &  Albert Museum, 1999.

Gittinger, Mattiebelle, Master Dyers to the World, Washington DC, Textile Museum, 1982.

Irwin, John, The Kashmir Shawl, London, HMSO, 1973.

Irwin, John and Brett, Katharine, Origins of Chintz, London,  HMSO, 1970.

Irwin, John and Hall, Margaret, Indian Painted and Printed Fabrics, Ahmedabad, Calico Museum of Textiles, 1971.

Irwin, John and Hall, Margaret, Indian Embroideries, Ahmedabad, Calico Museum of Textiles, 1973.

Jain-Neubauer, Jutta, Feet and Footwear in Indian Culture, Ahmedabad & Toronto, Mapin & the Bata Shoe Museum, 2000.

Krishna, Rai Anand and Krishna, Vijay, Banaras Brocades, New Delhi, Crafts Museum, 1966.

Mohanty, Bijoy Chandra, Brocaded Fabrics of India, Ahmedabad, Calico Museum of Textiles, 1984.

Mohanty, Bijoy Chandra and Krishna, Kalyan, Ikat Fabrics of Orissa  and Andhra Pradesh, Ahmedabad, Calico Museum of Textiles, 1980.

Mohanty, Bijoy Chandra and Mohanty, Jagadish Prasad, Block Printing  and Dyeing of Bagru, Rajasthan, Ahmedabad, Calico Museum of Textiles,  1983.

Mohanty, Bijoy Chandra, Chandramouli, K.V., and Naik, H.D., Natural  Dyeing Processes of India, Ahmedabad, Calico Museum of Textiles,  1987.

Murphy, Veronica and Crill, Rosemary, Tie-Dyed Textiles of India, London, Victoria & Albert Museum  in association with Mapin, 1991.

Paine, Sheila, Chikan Embroidery, Shire Publications, 1989.

Riboud, Krishna (ed.), Samit & Lampas. Motifs Indiens/Indian Motifs, Paris, Aedta, 1998.

Singh, Chandramani and Ahivasi, Devaki, Woollen Textiles and Costumes from Bharat Kala Bhavan, Varanasi, Banaras Hindu University, 1981. (Mostly deals with Kashmir shawls).

Smart, Ellen S. and Gluckman, Dale C., Cloth of Luxury: Velvet in Mughal Indiain Quest of Themes and Skills, ed. Krishna Riboud, Mumbai, Marg Publications, 1989.

Spuhler, F, Islamic Carpets and Textiles in the Keir Collection,  London, Faber, 1978.

Varadarajan, Lotika, South Indian Traditions of Kalamkari,  Ahmedabad, National Institute of Design, 1982.

Varadarajan, Lotika, Traditions of Textile Printing in Kutch; Ajrakh and Related Techniques, Ahmedabad, New Order Book Company, 1983.

Zaman, Niaz, The Art of Kantha Embroidery, Dhaka, University Press, 1993 (2nd edition).

Specific Periods or Regions

Andrews, Peter Alford, The Generous Heart or the Mass of Clouds: The Court Tents of Shah Jahan, in Muqarnas, vol.4, 1987.

Askari, Nasreen and Crill, Rosemary, Colours of the Indus: Costume & Textiles of Pakistan, London, Merrell Holberton/V&A, 1997.

Barnes, Ruth, Indian Block-Printed Textiles in Egypt, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1997.

Beach, Milo Cleveland, Mughal Tents in Orientations, vol.16, no.1., Jan.1985.

Chishti, Rta Kapur, Saris of India. Bihar and West Bengal,  New Delhi, Amr Vastra Kosh, 1995.

Chishti, Rta Kapur and Sanyal, Amba, Saris of India. Madhya Pradesh,  New Delhi, Amr Vastra Kosh, 1989.

Elson, Vicky, Dowries from Kutch. A woman's folk art tradition in  India, Los Angeles, Museum of Cultural History, 1979.

Frater, Judy,Threads of Identity; Embroidery and Adornment of the Nomadic Rabaris, Ahmedabad, Mapin, 1995.

Guy, John, Woven Cargoes; Indian Textiles in the East, London, Thames & Hudson, 1998.

Jain, Rahul, The Indian Drawloom and its Products in Textile Museum Journal, 1994.

Kahlenberg, Mary Hunt, A Study of the Development and Use of the Mughal Patka (sash) with Reference to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Collection', in Aspects of Indian Art (ed P. Pal), Los Angeles, Lacma, 1972.

Smart, Ellen S., A Preliminary Report On a Group of Important Mughal Textiles in Textile Museum Journal, 1986.

Sonday, Milton and Kajitani, Nobuko, A Type of Mughal Sash in Textile Museum Journal, 1970.

Victoria & Albert Museum, London, The Indian Heritage; Court Life and Arts Under Mughal Rule ('Textiles' by V.Murphy), London, 1982.

Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, Woven Air; The Muslin and Kantha Tradition of Bangladesh, London, Whitechapel Art Gallery, 1988.

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