Gift of Conquerors Mapin Publishing

Gift of Conquerors

Hand Papermaking in India
Alexandra Soteriou

Photographs by Alexandra Soteriou

Paper is undeniably a vehicle for flowering of Indian art, literature, history and religion, but where did it come from? Who made it and how? What was their inspiration? How has this ancient craft survived in today's India?

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Paper is undeniably a vehicle for flowering of Indian art, literature, history and religion, but where did it come from? Who made it and how? What was their inspiration? How has this ancient craft survived in today's India?
Comprehensive and detailed, this book traces the nearly thousand-year history of hand papermaking in India from the ancient sites in Gilgit and the Himalayas, through the heartland of Mathura, Agra and Daulatabad to the western sites in Rajasthan and Gujarat, to Pondicherry on the Bay of Bengal.

Illustrated with numerous colour photographs, the story is revealed through India's visualart: books, miniatures, drawings, scrolls, talismans, paper machine and folk papers. Interwoven with religion, political conquest and repression, the discovery of papermaking ruins, and formulas, methods, memories and migration routes recalled by kagzi, traditional papermaking families, Gift of Conquerors, creates a rich historic picture not seen before.

Readers see ancient birch bark papers, luminous mountain papers, fibrous pundit papers, the mysterious snake and deer "paper", the classic Muslim cloth, jute and hemp papers that supported the tradition of India's great miniature paintings, the Deccan's unique marble paper paper works, pigeon post and paper stencils, and learn of ancient paper recycling.

The final chapter focuses on the craft renaissance in which India possesses one of world's largest work force of hand papermakers. List of papermakers throughout India, recipes and methods and a bibliography make this book a rich resource for libraries, historians, artists, paper devotees, crafts people, bibliophiles and collectors.

Acknowledgments

Foreword

Preface

The Roots of Indian Paper
Preserving the Word
The Arabs Liberate Paper Secrets
A Prospering Paper Craft
The Path of Paper
Conquerors and Craftsmen
Paper's Northwestern
Frontier
Sialkot
Kashmir
Paper in the Northeastern Crescent,
Kalpi
Agra and Mathura
Zafarabad
Bihar and Bengal
Delhi: Days of Papermaking
Western India's Wave of Paper
Gujarat
Rajasthan
The Deccan: Middle India
Daulatabad: Fabled Fortress - Medieval Paper Centre
K4zipura at Khuldabad 
Erandol: City of Paper Ruins
Making Traditional Indian Paper
The Materials of Paper
The World of the Written Word before Paper
Materials Used by the First Papermakers
The Papermaker's Garden 110 Pulp Pounders
The Mould:
The Papermaker's Ally
The Dimension of Paper
Creating the Paper Sheet 
Drying Paper in India's Warm Domain
Coating Paper with Size 134 Hand Polishing Paper Sheets
Colouring Paper 146 Paper of Gold 151 Bird Paper
Masterful Marbled Papers, Stencils and Cut-Paper
The Strange Transparent Deer and Snake Paper
Recycled Paper: An Indian Tradition

Using Every Resource 'apier Mache,
Influences Towards Change: 
 Contemporary
Handmade Paper
Encounters with the West
Jail house Paper
Recycled Paper: 
An Indian Tradition
Using Every Resource 178 Papier Mache. Mountain Paper

In search of Indian Paper's 
 Lost Himalayan Roots
The Strong Lustrous Plant 
 of High Mountain Paper 
194 Making Mountain Paper
The Mysterious "Big-Paper" of the North 
Pundit Paper
Gandhian Efforts to Help Rescue Papermakers
Government Rescue for Papermakers
1990s Turn Around:
An Unpredicted Blossoming of Traditional and
Contemporary Paper Units throughout India
List of Indian 
 Handmade
Papermakers
Fibre List
ISBN 9788185822075
Pages 246
Number of illustrations 219
Size 11.5 x 10.25" (292 x 260 mm), hc with box
Date of Publishing 1999
Language(s) English
Co-publisher(s) Mapin
Rights Available World rights

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