Textiles of the Banjara: Cloth and Culture of a Wandering Tribe

by Charlotte Kwon & Tim McLaughlin


The Banjara—an ethnic group composed of semi-nomadic tribes found throughout the Indian subcontinent—are renowned for their highly colourful textiles. Embellished with mirrors, shells and intricate embroidery. Banjara work displays a surprisingly modern aesthetic. Created to showcase embroidery skill, protect the owner from harm and channel auspicious powers, the Banjara technique is unique in India and a celebration of the strength of the women who practise it.

This is the first book devoted to the traditional clothing and embroidery of the Banjara, illuminating their long history and investigating their links with the European Roma.

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