Author: A Biswas
Publisher: Publications Division
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8123010559
Costume is a cultural visual of the people. It provides the vital clue to their customs, tastes, aesthetic temper-in other words, their way of living. The community decides as the what to wear and how to wear. It also decides about the distinctions to be made on the basis of sex and age, class and castes, religion and region, occasion and occupation. There is community sanction too on what part of the body to be covered, or what to be left bare, how to conceal and how to reveal.
Costume is truly a kind of a dressing-table mirror of the time and the people. Man’s thinking changes, so do the styles and dress. He imitates the old as well as adjusts to the new needs, tastes and circumstances. Foreign conquests, exotic ideas and new influences also bring in changes.
This book which is sufficiently illustrated depicts in detail the dress transformation that had taken place over the ages in our country, known for its diversity.
Through the Ages: Harappa Period to the Mauryan Times
Through the Ages: Second Century B C to Eleventh Century A D
Through the Ages: The Era of the Sultans and the Mughal Emperors
Through the Ages: The British Period and After
Contemporary Scene I: Northern and Western Regions
Contemporary Scene II: Eastern Region
Contemporary Scene II: Southern Region
Rural and Tribal Costumes (North)
Rural and Tribal Costumes (South)
Coiffures and Cosmetics
Fabrics and Their Aesthetics
How to wear Sari and Dhoti