Jewelled Textiles Gold and Silver Embellished Cloth of India by Vandana Bhandari
Textiles embellished with gold and silver have been cherished worldwide since antiquity. In the Indian subcontinent too, the use of metal to enhance the value and beauty of cloth is part of an ancient tradition. Jeweled Textiles: Gold and Silver Embellished Cloth of India presents a rich selection of textiles and dresses ornamented with precious metals gold and silver. These textiles have been associated with wealth, supremacy, ceremony and divinity in the subcontinent. Gold and silver embroidery in India is remarkable for the styles in which the threads are manipulated to produce results on cloth surfaces, enhancing the character of the textile through ornamentation. The raw materials, techniques of surface application, and the nal effects thus created are unique to different regions in the country where embroidery techniques and printing with precious metals are classi ed by the local terminology. Techniques by which metals are applied to textile surface, like Kamdani or Badla in Lucknow, Tilla in Jammu and Kashmir and parts of Western India, Danka and Gota Patti in Rajasthan, Zardozi and Vasli in Bhopal, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Delhi and other centres in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat, Mukke Ka Kaam in Rajasthan and Gujarat and Varak from different parts of the country, are described in detail and illustrated with examples of skillfully executed pieces from museums and private collections.