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Peonies & Pagodas : Embroidered Parsi Textiles from the Tapi CollectionEdited by : Shilpa Shah & Tulsi VatsalForeword by Pheroza J. GodrejReleased in 2010Published by Garden Silk Mills Limited in association with Tapi Collection, SuratISBN 978-81-905935-1-9Contents: Foreword by Pheroza Godrej; Introduction by Shilpa Shah & Tulsi Vatsal; The Parsis in India, article by Zenobia Dumasia, The China Connection, article by Tulsi Vatsal; Parsi Attire, Garas, Jhablas and Ijars, article by Pr...

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Peonies & Pagodas : Embroidered Parsi Textiles from the Tapi Collection
Edited by : Shilpa Shah & Tulsi Vatsal
Foreword by Pheroza J. Godrej
Released in 2010
Published by Garden Silk Mills Limited in association with Tapi Collection, Surat
ISBN 978-81-905935-1-9

Contents:
Foreword by Pheroza Godrej; Introduction by Shilpa Shah & Tulsi Vatsal; The Parsis in India, article by Zenobia Dumasia, The China Connection, article by Tulsi Vatsal; Parsi Attire, Garas, Jhablas and Ijars, article by Priya Mani; Looking West, Buying East, article by Tulsi Vatsal; Patterning A Gara, article by Shilpa Shah and Tulsi Vatsal; Exporting the Exotic Embroidered Silks of China, article by Yueh-Siang Chang; Decorative Motifs and Bird Symbolism in Parsi Embroidery, article by Aban Mukherjee;Aspects of Assimilation, The Indian Group of Parsi Textiles in Tapi Collection article by Jasleen Dhamija; Parsi Headger, Topis, article by Villoo Mirza; Sari Borders, Kors article by Priya Mani; Methods and Stitches, article by Priya Mani; Parsi Dress and Identity, article by Jesse Palsetia; The Embroidery Cupboard, Oral Accounts of Parsi Embroidery article by Shernaz Cama; The Gara Today, An Heirloom Reinvented, article by Shipa Shah; Chinese Communities in India, artlcle by Madhvi Thampi; Biblography; Acknowledgements.
The book Peonies & Pagodas; Embroidered Parsi Textiles from the Tapi Collection, covers not only the rich embroidered textiles of the Parsis but systematically tells the story of development of the gara, placing Parsi embroidered textiles in the wider context of Chinese export embroideries. It discusses Indian designs and the origins of certain early Parsi textiles. It also relates interesting oral accounts of how different Parsi families learnt about and came to acquire garas. Further, through different articles, the catalogue presents a vivid account of various motifs and their symbolism.

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"This book is the first to focus specifically on Parsi embroidery and to place it in the wider context of Parsi culture and history. Illustrated with fine examples from the TAPI collection, it will be of great interest to collectors, curators and textile institutions. "

Rosemary Crill.
Senior Curator of the Indian & South-East Asian Department, Victoria & Albert Museum, London

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