Studies in North East India - Study on Assamese Textiles
The book is an outcome of a historical and analytical study of the Assamese Textiles. No important aspect of the subject has been left out in this highly methodical study to find out and uphold the artistic qualities of the Assamese textiles and the aesthetic values that is contained. Gandhiji’s observation that the Assamese women can weave the dreams in the looms can be tasted through the pages of the book that contains coloured pictures along with the text.Important stages like the preparing of cotton fibres and rearing of silk worms for making thread, the weaving materials, reeling and weaving methods, processing of colours to be used, creation of designs and motifs, the influence of nature, traditional beliefs and culture, literary evidences about the high qualities of the Assamese textiles, wears of different size, shape and colour according to the socio-cultural state and status — all these points are discussed methodically. A brief introduction to the distinctive features of the textiles of the tribal communities of Assam is also included. To know about Assamese textiles this work offers a clear view and the most dependable information. The work is an addition to the study of Indian textiles in general and Assamese textiles in particular.
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