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Textiles of the Banjara

Cloth and Culture of a Wandering Tribe

Charllotte Kwon (Author), Tim McLaughlin (Author)

With a Foreword by Rosemary Crill

Logo markA Thames & Hudson book


The first English-language survey of the intricate embroidery and colorful dyes of Banjara textiles, among the most dazzling produced in India

The Banjara,­ an ethnic group composed of semi-nomadic tribes found throughout the Indian subcontinent , are renowned for their highly colorful textiles. Embellished with mirrors, shells, and intricate embroidery, Banjara work displays a surprisingly modern aesthetic. Created to showcase embroidery skill, protect the owner from harm, and channel auspicious powers, the Banjara technique is unique in India and is a celebration of the strength of the women who practice it.This is the first book devoted to the traditional clothing and embroidery of the Banjara, illuminating their long history and investigating their links with the European Roma.

Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • March 2016
  • ISBN 978-0-500-51837-3
  • 9.3 × 12.3 in / 192 pages
  • Sales Territory: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.

Endorsements & Reviews

“the first full volume dedicated to the traditional clothing of the Banjara…. This book presents beautiful, full-color photographs of these exquisite designs, alongside photograph descriptions, cultural and technological research, and historical information.” — ProtoView

“without doubt one of the best books on the history and techniques of the Banjara designs….must-have for all designers” — The Washington Bookreview