Through the workmanship of the exquisite ‘Sikander Nama’ shawl from Kashmir, Prof. B.N. Goswamy explores the history and development of the hand-embroidered and hand-woven shawls from the Valley, as opposed to those produced on the loom. (In pic: The ‘Sikandar Nama’ shawl; Photo Courtesy: …
This article was a direct result of Sahapedia's collaboration with the Conference on Handloom and Handicrafts in India, held in Chirala, Andhra Pradesh, November 2018.
All quotes in italics are from an interview with Suresh Vankar, November 2018.
History is not always written, it is often borne…
Vijaya Ramaswamy is a professor with the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She specializes in economic history, religion and society, and gender studies. Textiles is one of her key research areas. She has published several books including Textiles and Weavers…
पनका बुनकरों द्वारा बुने जाने वाले पैटर्न एवं मोटिफ्स
(यह आलेख गांव तोकापाल , बस्तर के राष्ट्रीय पुरस्कार से सम्मानित बुनकर सिंधुदास पनका सेअगस्त २०१८ में हुई चर्चा पर आधरित है )
बस्तर में कपड़ा बुनाई का काम पनका , माहरा , कोष्टा देवांगन ,चंडार और गांडा जाति के लोग करते थे। इनमें से पनका और…
Velvets: The Product of Royal Life and Intricate Art
Wrapped around luxuriously and displayed to flaunt wealth, such was the epitome of popularity achieved by velvet in its glorious days of yesteryear. Velvet, technically defined as a warp cut-pile weave fabric has been a cloth of interest for…
An introduction to the history and techniques of velvet weaving in India, which includes articles, images from museum collections, a video on technique, and an interview with master weaver Shamim Ansari
The Makhmali Way: The Technical Complexities of Velvet Handloom Weaving
After witnessing years of glory, in the 19th century the intricate and time-consuming art of silk velvet weaving came up against competition from velvet powerlooms, which led to its rapid decline and near disappearance. …