Handmade in India: Crafts of India


Edited by Aditi Ranjan and M P Ranjan
2014. Mapin Publishing
3500 colour photographs, 140 maps
Hardcover, 34.5 cm x 24.5 cm, 576 pages
ISBN 9788188204571


Handmade in India: Crafts of India is a unique compendium that probes into all aspects of handicrafts – historical, social and cultural influences on crafts, design and craft processes, traditional and new markets, products and tools – unravelling a wealth of knowledge.

Based on extensive field work and research, Handmade in India: Crafts of India maps the regional craft clusters on the basis of prevailing craft-work patterns, documenting all the renowned crafts and also the lesser known crafts.
Some of these are renowned, like the pinjrakari and khatumband wood work of Kashmir, blue pottery of Jaipur, chikankari embroidery of Lucknow, the kannadi or metal mirrors from Aranmula, chappals or footwear from Kolhapur, and the bamboo craft of Assam. Other, lesser known, crafts like the paabu or stitched boots from Ladakh, jadupatuapaintings from Jharkhand, the making of Kathakali and Theyyam headgear, khadi or tinsel printing in Ahmedabad have also been described in striking detail.
This volume with stunning photographs will be a tremendous resource for product and textile designers, artists, architects, interior designers, collectors, development professionals and connoisseurs alike.

Handmade in India: Crafts of India bagged the Gold Medal in Crafts category at ForeWord Book of the Year Award 2009.

Handmade in India: Crafts of India/Table of Contents

List of Crafts

North Zone
Centre Zone
East Zone
South Zone
West Zone
Northeast Zone

Technical Glossary


About the Editors

Aditi Ranjan teaches textile design at the National Institute of Design, India. M P Ranjan is an industrial designer who recently retired from teaching at the National Institute of Design, India.

Weight 3100 g
Dimensions 34.5 × 24.5 × 3.3 cm

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