Author McGowan, Abigail
Title Crafting the nation in colonial India [electronic resource] / Abigail McGowan
Imprint New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009
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Edition 1st ed
Descript xiii, 265 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Demanding knowledge, documenting the body -- The culture of difference : from colonial knowledge to the problem with crafts -- Developing traditions : preservationist design and the independentartisan -- Modernizing artisanship : rationalization, efficiency and the cult of the craftsman -- Conclusion : the long life of difference : Gandhi and the politics of crafts after 1920
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"Well before Gandhi popularized hand-spun, hand-woven cloth, Britishand Indian activists had made crafts central to plans for India's economic and cultural revival.  Combining tradition and employment at a time of industrial transition, crafts appealed to both government officials and nationalist activists alike - even as they bemoaned artisansas conservative and backwards.  That connection between development and cultural judgment was not incidental. Drawing on a wide range ofcraft development initiatives in western India between 1851 and 1922 -from art and industrial schoolsto model factories, pattern books, exhibitions, technical experiments, and cooperatives - McGowan argues thatcrafts came to political prominence through British and Indian negotiations over power: power over the lower classes, over the economy, and over the future of the country
Link Original 0230612679 9780230612679 (DLC) 2008055761 (OCoLC)228360286
Subject Decorative arts -- India
Industries, Primitive -- India
Cultural awareness -- India
India -- History -- British occupation, 1765-1947
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