Mud, Mirror and Thread: Folk Traditions of Rural India
Published on the occasion of the exhibition Mud, Mirror and Thread: Folk Traditions in India June 1993 – Fall 1994 at the Museum of International Folk Art Sante Fe, New Mexico
…So it is that we offer up Mud, Mirror and Thread: Folk Traditions of Rural India, in the hope that the museum’s many visitors and readers of this volume will consider anew their images of India. The pictures presented by the distinguished writers whose work appears herein are very different ones. Drawing upon the traditions of India’s some half million villages, they help us to begin to comprehend the inner logic behind the almost numberless acts of Hindu devotion that occur each day, many of which involve the adornment of homes and altars and the creation of clay vessels and images. They show us how, in traditions of embroidery and dress, we can “read” the complicated ethnic and caste relationships that characterize the societal matrix of the rural peoples whom they have studied so diligently.
Nora Fisher, Mud, Mirror and Thread: Folk Traditions of Rural India, Mapin Publishing, 1995
Paperback. Minor shelf wear. Very good condition.