Mapping the Social Life of Gujarat's Textile
Textiles and Dress of Gujarat, a Book by Eiluned Edwards
The textiles and dress of Gujarat in northwestern India are acclaimed for their design and craftsmanship. They play a central role in the construction of a visual identity of Gujarat and its people. MAPIN Publishing has recently (2011) brought out a book titled "Textiles and Dress of Gujarat". This book examines the "social life" of Gujarat's textiles, tracing the historical journey of cloth and dress up to the present day. It looks closely at handmade fabrics, woven, dyed, painted and printed cloth, and embroidery, and locates their place in culture and trade. It also acknowledges the role of entrepreneurship in the survival of these handmade textiles.