Best Reference Books – Indian Textiles

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We have compiled the list of Top 10 Best Reference Books on Indian Textiles subject. These books are used by students of top universities, institutes and colleges. Here is the full list of top 10 best books on Indian Textiles along with reviews.

Kindly note that we have put a lot of effort into researching the best books on Indian Textiles subject and came out with a recommended list of top 10 best books. The table below contains the Name of these best books, their authors, publishers and an unbiased review of books on "Indian Textiles" as well as links to the Amazon website to directly purchase these books. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases, but this does not impact our reviews, comparisons, and listing of these top books; the table serves as a ready reckoner list of these best books.

1. “Indian Textiles” by John Gillow and Nicholas Barnard

“Indian Textiles” Book Review: This book is written for students/professionals in the fashion industry. It is also written for people who are interested in learning about the Indian textile industry. The author elaborates on various types of indian textile and examines the history, the materials, and the techniques used in making the garment. A detailed region-by-region account of traditional textiles production is also included in this book. The author also includes information about textiles from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.This book also contains many images along with detailed references and information on technical terms.

2. “Rapture: The Art of Indian Textiles” by Rahul Jain

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“Rapture: The Art of Indian Textiles” Book Review: This book is written for textile enthusiasts, practitioners, and researchers. It is also written for people who are interested in learning about the Indian textile industry. This book contains many pictures spanning 500 years. It contains images of textile created for India’s courts and temples, as well as for more distant but not less discerning patrons in Europe and Asia. Several images which have never been published have been included in this book.

3. “Handcrafted Indian Textiles” by Rta Kapur Chishti and Rahul Jain
4. “Woven Wonder: The Tradition of Indian Textiles” by Asharani Mathur
5. “Unfolding: Contemporary Indian Textiles” by Maggie Baxter

“Unfolding: Contemporary Indian Textiles” Book Review: This book is written for textile enthusiasts, practitioners, and researchers. It is also written for people who are interested in learning about the Indian textile industry. The author examines the work of 23 designers and artists in this book. Topics like craft revival, surface treatment, texture, minimalism and narrative are elaborately discussed. The last chapter of the book contains information about the growing number of Indian artists such as Mithu Sen, Manisha Parekh and Parul Thacker.

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6. “Indian Textiles in the East: From Southeast Asia To Japan” by John Guy
7. “Threads and Voices: Behind the Indian Textile Tradition” by Laila Tyabji and Siddhartha Das
8. “Indian Cotton Textiles: Seven Centuries of Chintz from the Karun Thakar Collection” by John Guy

“Indian Cotton Textiles: Seven Centuries of Chintz from the Karun Thakar Collection” Book Review: This book is written for textile enthusiasts, practitioners, and researchers. It is also written for people who are interested in learning about the Indian textile industry. The author provides information about the textile collection done by Karun Thakur in the span of 30 years. The author also talks about how the collection dating from the 15th century represents the trade in textiles across the Indian Ocean with Indonesian, Sri Lanka, Armenia, Europe and the Indian domestic market.

9. “Indian Textiles: Past and Present” by G K Ghosh

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“Indian Textiles: Past and Present” Book Review: This book is written for textile enthusiasts, practitioners, and researchers. It is also written for people who are interested in learning about the Indian textile industry. Elaborate information about topics like raw materials, evolution of technology and various types of design are included in this book. This book also contains sketches and photographs of many Indian designs. The author also discusses the tribal textile art of the North Eastern tribal states in India. This book also contains information about the revival of Dhaka muslin and Baluchary.

10. “Traditional Indian Costumes and Textiles” by Parul Bhatnagar
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