The Flowering Desert

Textiles from Sindh

Hasan Askari and Nasreen Askari

The Flowering Desert

Hasan Askari and Nasreen Askari

Distributed for Paul Holberton Publishing

160 pages | 10 x 11
Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9781911300717 Published November 2019 For sale in North America only
A lavishly illustrated volume of Pakistani textiles of extraordinary colour and vibrancy from one of the most arid areas on Earth. The Flowering Desert: Textiles from Sindh focuses on a private collection of textiles from Sindh, Pakistan, which, according to some scholars, was the crucible in which the textile traditions of Gujarat and Rajasthan were forged. Sindhi textiles are unique inasmuch as they reflect a dimension that combines the harshness of the terrain with a quest for a mythical and unattainable beauty. The collection is recognized as being of outstanding merit and some of it has featured in exhibitions at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh. In addition to sumptuous reproductions of 120 remarkable objects the book includes contextual photographs of textiles in use.
Review Quotes
World of Interiors
"Most people will buy and enjoy this book as a visual feast, for it illustrates over 120 textiles, some with excellent close-up details that are essential to the appreciation of their textures and stitches. . . . The accompanying essays give new insights into such topics as the often overlooked contribution of Sindh's Hindu communities to its textiles and wider culture, and the importance of Sindhi ports and traders to pan-Asian trade routes - a subject which has been discussed far less than their Gujarati equivalents. Other essays provide overviews of the different communities (Jat, Rabari, Meghwar, Baluch and others) who made and used the embroideries, each with their own distinctive designs. Excellent close-up details of the different stitches clearly identify each of them, helping to make this book a very useful guide for collectors and curators of these beautiful textiles."
Journal of the Oriental Rug and Textile Society
"The key attraction of the book is, not surprisingly, the excellent photography of examples of Sindhi work. Each image is captioned with an identification of the originating ethnic group, place of origin, date and materials used. Useful captions supply additional details relating to iconography or technique or function. Thus the catalogue offers not only a visual feast but also a fascinating and authoritative reference through which to explore the repertoire of the region, so often overlooked in the literature."
HALI
"At long last, there is a volume that does justice to the glorious textiles of Sindh."
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