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30 Minutes SD Documentary video. 2003. Directed by Charllotte Kwon. Written by Charllotte Kwon and Tim McLaughlin, edited by Tim McLaughlin.
Stories from an Indian Desert; this is the story of a unique group of craftswomen. Follow their journey as they return to creating the world-class embroidery that made their ancestors famous. The incredible stories of the women from the Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan co-operative (KMVS) are recorded here through video, song, laughter, and stitch. History here is worn as generations of knowledge are passed down through embroidered designs. Long a valuable item of trade, the embroideries also provide a common ground for women to meet and bring their stories to the world. Experience the amazing landscape of the Kutch desert on India’s western border, the remarkable diversity of the communities who live here, and the breathtaking colours of their textiles.
30 Minute video. Delivered as a digital download. SD video in MP4 format. Plays on Mac OS, Windows, and mobile devices.
Embroidery has been practiced for thousands of years across the continents. In the West, traditions have been at the mercy of trade and fashion, but in much of the rest of the world, embroidery continues to be rooted in ancient beliefs and superstitions.This book is the first to examine in detail the symbolism of the motifs and designs that give life to these marvelous textiles.
Indian Embroidery by Rosemary Crill covers embroidery from many different regions of India, ranging from the elaborate floral designs of the Mughal court to vibrant folk patterns embellished with cowrie shells and mirrors. Stunning illustrations show the richness and variety of Indian textile traditions.
The interaction of peoples—indigenous tribes, invaders, traders, explorers—throughout India's history has built a culture legendary for its variety and color. From the Rann of Kutch to the Coromandel coast, from city to village, handloom weavers, block printers, textile painters, dyers, and embroiderers continue India's flourishing textile traditions.
The authors have traveled thousands of miles in a country they know intimately to gather information and photographs of tribal and folk textiles woven for use within the family, as well as of workshop production in villages and towns. They first examine the cultural background to the textiles: the history, from the earliest civilizations to Post-Independence; the materials, including silks, cottons, and wool; and the techniques of weaving, printing, painting, and tie-dye.
Tilleke Schwarz, an SDA member for many years, lives in The Netherlands. She makes contemporary art using embroidery. She has exhibited, taught workshops and lectured all over the world.
"New Potatoes shows my embroidered work from 2007 – 2012, plus 2 special works made of buttons. It runs 72 pages and contains more than 90 full-colour images."
Charllotte Kwon and Tim McLaughlin
Foreward by Rosemary Crill
The Banjara, an ethnic group composed of semi-nomadic tribes found throughout the Indian subcontinent, are renowned for their highly colorful textiles. Embellished with mirrors, shells, and intricate embroidery, Banjara work displays a surprisingly modern aesthetic. Created to showcase embroidery skill, protect the owner from harm, and channel auspicious powers, the Banjara technique is unique in India and is a celebration of the strength of the women who practice it.This is the first book devoted to the traditional clothing and embroidery of the Banjara, illuminating their long history and investigating their links with the European Roma.
Presenting the most extensive collection of contemporary embroidery from the Kutch region of Northwestern India.
A collaboration between the Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan (KMVS) co-operative and Maiwa Handprints, this book documents and expands on the first international exhibition of the co-operative's work. Complete with a survey of popular motifs, descriptions of the five tribal communities featured in the exhibition, and intimate portraits of the women, their work, and life in the harsh and unforgiving desert landscape.
96 pages full colour, 8.5 x 8.5", softcover