Handmade in India: A Geographic Encyclopedia of Indian Handicraft, edited by Aditi Ranjan and M.P. Ranjan

by Rebeca on March 19, 2010

Handmade in IndiaHandmade in India: A Geographic Encyclopedia of India Handicrafts
Edited by Aditi Ranjan and M.P. Ranjan
Abbeville Press
579 pages, 3500+ color photographs; 140 maps
List Price $65.00; Amazon Price: $40.95

[Editor’s Note: This is a review I wrote for HAND/EYE Magazine. Below are the first two paragraphs.]

Clueless about the difference between a namda and a gabba?

Do you know how to identify sujuni and chinkankari (hint: they are not on the menu at your local Indian restaurant).  If not, fret no more because Handmade in India: A Geographic Encyclopedia of Indian Handicrafts provides succinct accounts of just about every handmade category in India. Anyone with a keen interest in craft—collectors, art students, academics, craft enthusiasts, and even writers—will be drawn to this mesmerizing and comprehensive guide to the art and crafts of vast India.

Originally published in 2007 by The Council of Handicraft Development Corporations (COHANDS) in New Delhi, Handmade in India is part reference book and part lavish coffee table book, celebrating centuries of Indian artisans’ mastery of technique and creativity. Surprisingly enough, it’s a real page-turner.

To read the rest of the review please go to HAND/EYE Magazine.


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