Uncut Cloth: Saris Shawls and Sashes.
London, Merrell Holberton, 1999. 22.5 cm x 27.8 cm. 128 pages. With colour illustrations throughout. Original Softcover. Very good+ condition with only minor signs of external wear. Contains loose ephemera, an article entitled ‘Paisley Shawls’ with information on ‘weaving a paisley shawl’.
Includes for example the following contents: The Sari / Shawls and Head Coverings / Waistcloths and Skirts / Spreads, Coverlets and Canopies / Trade in Uncut Cloth / Cotton / Exports to South Asia / Exhibitions / The Continuing Link / The Paisley Shawl by Valerie Reilly etc.
This book explores the extraordinary range of unstitched cloth used across South Asia, from the most widely known sari to shawls, turbans, sashes, waistcloths, skirts, spreads, coverlets and canopies.
Brilliantly coloured and intricately patterned draped garments are part of the cultural heritage of India and Pakistan. This illustrated survey of these textiles contains fine examples from public and private collections from India.’
The history, use and cultural significance of each form of uncut cloth are clearly and attractively presented, supported by a sumptous series of photographs that capture its dazzling styles, colours and patterns. (From jacket notes)