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The subtitle could not be more accurate as to the contents and scope of this gorgeously illustrated, large-format book. Geographic sums up the vast, thorough sweep through all regions of India in the editors’ endeavor to isolate and identify the wide range of Indian handicrafts, in an ancient country where handicrafts have been honored for many centuries, and encyclopedic aptly describes the orderliness of the text, which is arranged state by state across the whole of India. This meticulous marshaling of data, with a text buoyed by very colorful maps and photographs, is a marvelous lesson in Indian culture and geography. The entire presentation is underscored by how closely and magnificently Indian handicrafts reflect both national and regional society as well as individual talent and creativity. The intrigued reader will learn about basic topics such as design influences, materials, craft processes, and tools and will be handed specific information on such types of crafts as wood inlay, silver jewelry, leather footwear, and terra-cotta. For large, inclusive crafts collections. --Brad Hooper

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"…no better guide exists in revealing the astonishing diversity of Indian craftwork." — The Christian Science Monitor, December 10, 2009

"…takes on the monumental task of examining the eye-popping variety of handcrafts made across India's vast landscape…" — The Wall Street Journal, December 12, 2009
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 579 pages
  • Publisher: Abbeville Press; 1 edition (October 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789210479
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789210470
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 9.8 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sans! on March 7, 2010
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I have been researching on India culture for almost 2 years now.This is the best book I have ever bought or borrowed on India's craft. For all lovers of India's art and craft, this is a must read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Overlander on November 30, 2011
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WOW, wow, wow!!! What a book! If there is just one book documenting India's many crafts you'll ever need this is the one. It is just massive and outstanding. I would personnally like to thank the authors for undertaking such a daunting task. I own more than 2 dozen books on the subject and this one sums them all up.
Beware, you'll need sturdy shelves for this baby. It is a 600-page, nearly 5 kilo-newborn you'll end up living with. It is very well laid oud. After a short introduction the entries are organized by State (all are present, even the tiny "tribal" northeasternmost ones) and each craft, be it terracotta, embroidery or damascening, gets a chapter. It is extremely thorough. There are hundreds and hundreds of pictures, all colour and all good.
What I really enjoy about the book is that it shows crafts and craftsmen as they are today. It doesn't have a museum feel at all and shows that crafts are still very much a part of everyday life in the Subcontinent.
Bravo!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alys Kay Thomas on January 18, 2012
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Handmade in India is a masterpiece of scholarship. As an artist I am constantly seeking high quality art reference books. This book surpassed all my expectations in terms of the breadth of coverage and depth of subject matter. Tackling the art and craft of an entire continent, much less a continent as diverse as India is an overwhelming task. These authors have not only given us a comprehensive look at the major handicrafts of India, but have organized this detailed information and imagery in a very concise and consistent manner. Organized by region, there are plenty of maps and diagrams on each page. The book begins with a chapter of instructions on how the text is organized and how to use the book. Picture examples of each major craft of that region surround the text. The authors even include a list of the tools used with their Indian names! I work in more than one art medium, textiles, clay, sculpture, so was thrilled when ALL of these were included on each page. Multiple techniques in clay, textiles, sculpture etc. are covered. I only wish the publishers would put out other books in this format about handicrafts in other countries. Rush to buy this book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By zobars on May 1, 2012
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This is an excellent excellent book about all the different handmade arts of India. Not only am I learning new things everyday about India but I am feeling prouder everyday that I was born in a country with such rich heritage and makes me want to salute all the artisans of India.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By zen on July 9, 2011
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The book is a masterpiece. It is comprehensive. I salute the editors for undertaking such a daunting task. Anyone who is interested in Indian crafts, would find this book a welcome addition to their library.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sebas on January 24, 2012
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Excellent! For the lovers of indian crafts this is a perfect guide. The book is in perfect condition, the timing good... I'm very Happy!
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By Amazon Customer on February 15, 2014
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A good compendium to get started on researching handicrafts. This is the most comprehensive volume I have come across that covers just about all the handicrafts.
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