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Title : Ganga to Mekong: A Cultural Voyage through Textiles
Author : Hema Devare
Edition : HardBack
ISBN : 9789350981085
Pages : 218
Year of Pub : 2016
Price : Rs 2,995.00
   
 
 
Textiles have been the binding factor in the cultural history of India and Southeast Asia from times immemorial. As the foremost currency they were carried by the traders from the banks of river Ganga to the fertile areas around the river Mekong and to the rich spice islands of Suvarnadwipa, Indonesia.
Over the centuries, these textiles turned into vehicles of culture that built the foundation for an enduring multi-layered and multi-coloured relationship.
The painted textiles from the Coromandel coast, the block-printed fabrics and the double-ikat patola from Gujarat enticed Southeast Asian royalty and masses alike. These trade textiles, considered ritually powerful and imbued with magical qualities played an integral role in binding India with Southeast Asia while becoming a part of the regional folklore, ceremonies and rituals. Over time they were seamlessly assimilated into the local culture.
This cultural amalgam was here to stay as solid as the rocks of Borobudur and Konark and as intricately woven as the double-ikat patola which is the cultural legacy of India in Southeast Asia.
Hema Devare, a gold medalist from Nagpur University, is a freelance writer and playwright. She has written both fiction and non-fiction in Marathi, English and Hindi.

She is also the editor of Sari Sutra, a catalogue that traces the ancient commonalities between Indian and Indonesian silk textiles.

 

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