This is a selection of resources on Indian fashion available from the NLB catalogue or the Internet and is not meant to be an exhaustive list. If you know of or come across more useful resources, please drop us a note so that we can share them with our readers.
NLB print and digital resources
India is a rising star in the world of fashion as it joins the world’s fashion hubs. This book celebrates the achievements of Indian designers and features interviews with them, complete with lush illustrations ranging from luxury bridal and ethnic formal wear to contemporary interpretations of the sari.
All rights reserved, London: Thames & Hudson, 2015.
India fantastique fashion
This publication showcases the works of Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla, who have made their mark on the fashion industry by bringing the best of traditional Indian crafts to the world of high fashion. See specially photographed close-ups of exquisitely crafted sartorial creations by the talented duo whose works exude luxury, artistry and Indian tradition.
All rights reserved, London: Thames & Hudson, 2016.
The fabric of India
This is a lavishly illustrated book on Indian textiles providing examples from all over the country with an in-depth exploration of the different materials, techniques and dyeing processes used to create stunning fabrics. The book also looks at the central importance of cloth to Indian life and culture from ancient times to the present day. Special features focus on objects of historical importance, including a Kashmiri map shawl, Tipu Sultan’s tent, and a remarkable South Indian 18th-century temple hanging.
All rights reserved, London: V&A Publishing, 2015.
The Indian textile industry is known for its variety and colour. Complemented with a dazzling array of images, this guide gives readers an all-encompassing write-up of textiles from every region of the Indian subcontinent, with information on its cultural background such as the history, materials and techniques – weaving, printing, painting and tie-dye.
All rights reserved, London: Thames & Hudson, 2014.
Luxury Indian fashion: A social critique
This book studies the production, consumption and aesthetics of luxury and power in India. It analyses the role that fashion plays and how contemporary Indian design has dismissed the influence of the West in recent years and focused on the opulent heritage luxury of the maharajas.
All rights reserved, London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016.
Costumes and textiles of Awadh: From the era of Nawabs to modern times
Historically, Awadh has been one of the most important regions in India, and it holds a vital position in the development of Indian fashion. This book takes us on a fascinating journey through the evolution of costumes, textiles, colours, motifs and ornamentations from the 18th century up to today. It recaptures the ambience of the Nawabi Era and the British Raj in Awadh, and makes them relevant in contemporary times.
All rights reserved, New Delhi: ACC Distribution, 2012.
Indian cotton textiles: Chintz from the 14th to the early 20th centuries in Karun Thakar Collection
Cotton is at the heart of India’s textile industry. Indian dyed and painted cottons were admired and traded to the Far East and the Mediterranean for many generations before European interest in chintz created a new market. Considered as one of the world’s leading private collectors on textile art from the Indian Subcontinent, Karun Thakar has amassed items from the 14th century through to the early 20th century.
All rights reserved, Woodbridge: Antique Collectors’ Club, 2015.