By the hands of millions1 min read . Updated: 23 Jan 2009, 12:03 AM IST
By the hands of millions
Need a handy primer on brass and copper repoussé work? Or can’t remember why Theyyam dance requires headgear? Handmade in India, a gorgeous encyclopedia of handicrafts, does justice to the country’s incredibly diverse traditional craft heritage. Its pages are packed with glossy photos of examples and small, easy-to-digest explanations of the traditions, tools and districts. The book is divided by geography, from states to regions, to metaclusters. Unfortunately, that set-up did not allow for a section comparing the differences and similarities across regions and techniques. The introduction pages have a great series of photographs of statues, cups and baskets from across the country. It would have been nice to have more comparison of the craft traditions in different parts of the country. But that’s a minor complaint—the book is a source of inspiration and a perfect compendium of crafts. The artwork of thousands of people deserves such appreciation.