TEXTILES OF THE BANJARA Dana McCown – TAASA Review September 2016


This article was originally found in the September 2016 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 25, Issue 3, Page 26).

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Textiles of the Banjara: Cloth and Culture of a Wandering Tribe Charlotte Kwon and Tim McLaughlin Thames and Hudson, 2016 RRP: US$50, hardcover 192pp, 160 colour illustrations. This magnificent book about the Banjaras of India is a first to combine the fascinating history of these wandering people with their colourful embroidery and textile traditions.

Charlotte Kwon and Tim McLaughlin have done extensive research taking them from Rajasthan down through the southern states.

The richness of Tim’s photographic documentation is unequalled and worth having this book just for visual pleasure. Originally the Banjaras were occupied in the business of cartage as independent merchants...