Ancient and Medieval Indian Costume, Vol. I and II

Roshen Alkazi, Art Heritage, 2006 (Vol. 1); 2008 (Vol. II), Reprint (Vol. I). First Published in 1983, xxiv, 556 p, 2 vols, ills, ISBN : 9788190206459, $285.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Contents: Vol. I. Ancient Indian Costume: Foreword by the late C. Sivaramamurti. Author's note. Introduction. 1. Post-Vedic period 600-323 B.C. 2. Maurya and Sunga periods 321-72 B.C. 3. Satavahana period (Andhra) 200 B.C. - 250 A.D.: i. Early period 200-100 B.C. ii. Late period 100 B.C. - 250 A.D. 4. Kushan period 130 B.C.-185 A.D. 5. Gupta period : early 4 century A.D. - middle 8 century A.D. Glossary. Bibliography. Index.

Vol. II. Medieval Indian Costume : India and Central Asia: Acknowledgements. Preface. Introduction. 1. Historical background. 2. Textiles in the Muslim world. 3. The textile industry in Muslim countries. 4. The textile trade. 5. Transcontinental trade. 6. Ghaznavid textiles. 7. The Ghaznavid dynasty (A.D. 976-1099). 8. The Ghurid dynasty (1175-1205). 9. The slave dynasty (1206-1290). 10. The Khalji dynasty (1290-1320). 11. The Tughlaq dynasty (1320-1414). 12. Timur in India and the Sayyids (1398-1450). 13. The Lodi dynasty (1451-1526). Appendices: i. Sultanate architecture. ii. Major dynasties in the Islamic world. Glossary. Bibliography.

"The first volume in Roshen Alkazi's series on the History of Indian Costume. In it the author traced the evolution of indigenous costume between the 13 century B.C. and the third century A.D., covering the invasions of the Kushans and Sakas. The emphasis was on costume as reflected in ancient Indian sculpture and sources such as the frescoes of Ajanta and Bagh.

India between 321 BC and 850AD was one of the world's great civilizations. This book surveys the evolution of costume through the history and art of ancient India.

Each of the four chapters include a brief social history of a specific period: its costumes, headgear and hairstyles, jewellery, textiles and dyes.

A note on the visual style of the art of each period serves as an additional guide to the designer. Art students, fashion designers, costume designers and illustrators for film, television and theatre will find substantial material for ready reference.

The second volume covers the Turko-Mongol people who invaded India and set up their respective empires. Accordingly, it deals with Central Asian costume as must have been adapted to conditions in India. After the 13 century A.D., the Jain manuscripts and other illustrated documents provide considerable information on clothes worn by members of the royal households, both Indian and foreign, and by people at various levels of society." (jacket)

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