The first book on the traditions and embroidery of the Banjara, an ethnic group composed of nomadic tribes found throughout the Indian subcontinent. Charllotte Kwon is director of the Maiwa Textile Symposium, owner of Maiwa Handprints Ltd, and director of the Maiwa Foundation. Tim McLaughlin is a professional photographer and writer who has collaborated with Charllotte Kwon on four documentary films.
Over 300 illustrations 30.5 x 22.9cm 192pp ISBN 978 0 500 518373 February £29.95
Textiles of the Banjara Cloth and Culture of a Wandering Tribe Charllotte Kwon and Tim McLaughlin | Foreword by Rosemary Crill The Banjara – an ethnic group composed of nomadic tribes, found throughout the Indian subcontinent – are renowned for their highly colourful textiles, often embellished with mirrors and intricate embroidery and produced using natural resources. Created to satisfy the needs of the tribe, and occasionally incorporating shells, beads, mirrors and tassels for decoration, the Banjara technique is unique in India and a celebration of the strength of the women who practise it. This is the first book to be devoted to the traditions and embroidery of the Banjara, illuminating their history and investigating their genetic and linguistic links with the European Roma. Photographs by documentary photographer Tim McLaughlin illustrate the highest-quality pieces of Banjara embroidery and costume, both historic and contemporary. The foreword is by Rosemary Crill, a senior curator in the Asian department at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.