INdia has been a land of mystique and exoticism, attracting many travellers and writers to its way of life, its religions, textiles, culture, history, arts and crafts. From the east to the west, it has been a major influence on the world of design, spanning many centuries. The new book by Phyllida Jay details this aspect.
The ease with which she shifts from history to textiles to art to fashion to jewellery is indicative of her in-depth knowledge of the subject. Nothing escapes her eye as she covers different aspects of Indian influences across fields. Priya Kapoor’s contribution is no less as she has successfully developed the concept, bringing out all-round influences in this publication, with appropriate imagery complementing the text. Illustrations gathered from museum paintings, archival photographs, collections of fashion houses and jewellery houses add depth and meaning to the publication.