By Ajit Mookerjee
Incredibly wealthy treasury of genuine royalty-free designs tailored from artifacts of the Harappa tradition, cash and pottery from South India, Ajanta and Bagh work of art, Muslim monuments, Buddhist temples, textiles from Gujarat, Punjab, different areas, mask and tribal arts, even more. instantly usable fabric or nice source for layout thought. creation. Notes.
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Our principal aim in presenting them in book form is to offer a glimpse into the rich store of Indian decorative art. I wish to express my thanks to Mr. N. R. Gopalakrishnan and to Mr. Gouri Ghose for their cooperation and particularly to the three artists, Miss Arati Roy, Mr. Indu Bhusan Gupta and Mr. Sushil Das, for the copy work. I am also grateful to Dr. Verrier El win and the Oxford University Press for the permission to reproduce the tribal decorations in the last four plates of the book.
II. Title. com FOREWORD THE ILLUSTRATIONS presented in this book have been selected from different sources as typical of Indian traditional designs and motifs. In spite of their variety and complexity, an unerring thread of continuity, growing out of the inner logic and dynamism of the people from region to region, connects these elements. These designs and motifs may be a great source of inspiration to the designer-artist who can take full advantage of them. All such designs have a special Indian quality and the designer-artist should be at home with them—and through them, with the treasures of India.
The revolutionary change brought about by industrialization could not be an easy one. Old values crumbled and, because no new values could be readily found, there was the inevitable sense of frustration. When the craftsman of old disappeared the standards set by him vanished with him. Yet the machine which took his place failed to guide popular sensibility or to produce any aesthetic standard. In the place of the quality products by the craftsman, the machine took charge and substituted quantity.