Creative Arts and Design > Textile Design]
This article draws on fieldwork over several years with dyers and printers in Gujarat. It identifies products for local clients, and analyses the development of trade in the district, addressing royal patronage, caste identity and religious affiliation. It then focuses on a particular family to reveal the specificities of local trade going back to the sixteenth century, combining their commentary with that of their clients.
This material and information drawn from caste genealogists, is cross-referred to the historical records of the district, combining to offer insight into a regional trade that archaeologists suggest goes back about four thousand years.
Cloth and Community offers a micro-history of local trade in a primary textile-producing area. Uniquely, the voices of contemporary makers and their clients are set in historical perspective through the use of oral history and archival records. This contrasts with the existing literature which preferences the export trade (Irwin and Hall 1971; Gittinger 1982).
“Cloth and community” draws on interviews over sixteen years with dyers and printers, and with their customers in Kachchh district. Analysis of field notes and interviews has been combined with archival research in India and the UK.
The Khatris are an hereditary caste of dyers and block-printers in Kachchh district, Gujarat. This article reviews the traditional market for the Khatris' textiles, discussing in detail items made for specific client castes, chiefly the farmers and herders of Kachchh. It analyzes factors that have affected this traditional market in the post-colonial period, such as the wholesale industrialization of manufacture and changing patterns of agriculture. It goes on to identify the emergence of new, globalized markets and how the Khatris are developing new products in response to those markets.
|Type of Research:||Article|
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I am currently working on three projects: a book entitled Textiles and Dress of Gujarat to be published by Mapin Publishing (India) with V&A Publishing in 2010; research on the regional production of saris for an exhibition entitled Simply Sari to be held at the Textile Research Centre, Leiden, The Netherlands in 2010 for which I am writing the catalogue; and collecting oral histories among block printers and dyers of western India.
I have recently completed a programme of research funded by the British Academy and the Laura and Luigi Dallapiccola Foundation with printers and painters in Srikalahasti and Machilipatnam in Andhra Pradesh, printers in Jaipur, Bagru and Sanganer in Rajasthan, and printers in Gujarat. I also carried out research with indigo farmers in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. The project has been developed in collaboration with artisans at these sites with technical input from Dr Ismail Mohammad Khatri. The material will be developed in to a book but has already been disseminated through conference papers, journal articles and other publications.
|Your affiliations with UAL:||Colleges > London College of Fashion|
|Date:||01 November 2007|
|Funders:||Leverhulme Trust, Society for South Asian Studies, The British Academy|
|Digital Object Identifier:||10.1179/004049607x229151|
|Deposited By:||INVALID USER|
|Deposited On:||04 Dec 2009 13:57|
|Last Modified:||21 Jul 2010 11:38|