Banjara

Textiles of the Banjara

Cloth and Culture of a Wandering Tribe

  1. Charlotte Kwon
  2. Tim McLaughlin
  • ISBN 9780500518373
  • 30.40 x 22.70 cm
  • PLC (no jacket)
  • 192pp
  • Over 300 colour illustrations
  • First published 2016

The first book on the traditions and embroidery of the Banjara, an ethnic group composed of nomadic tribes found throughout the Indian subcontinent

Textiles of the Banjara

‘This book should be required reading for anyone who does not consider that textiles are a subject for serious study’ – Selvedge


The Banjara are renowned for their highly colourful textiles, often embellished with mirrors and intricate embroidery and produced using natural resources. Created to satisfy the needs of the tribe, and occasionally incorporating shells, beads, mirrors and tassels for decoration, the Banjara technique is unique in India and a celebration of the strength of the women who practise it.

This book illuminates their history and investigating their genetic and linguistic links with the European Roma. Photographs by documentary photographer Tim McLaughlin illustrate the highest-quality pieces of Banjara embroidery and costume, both historic and contemporary.

Charllotte Kwon is director of the Maiwa Textile Symposium, owner of Maiwa Handprints Ltd, and director of the Maiwa Foundation. Tim McLaughlin is a professional photographer and writer who has collaborated with Charllotte Kwon on four documentary films.
The foreword is by Rosemary Crill, a senior curator in the Asian department at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.