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The Art of Cloth in Mughal India


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Sylvia Houghteling is assistant professor of history of art at Bryn Mawr College.


"Winner of the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award, College Art Association"

"Winner of the R.L. Shep Memorial Book Award, Textile Society of America"

"[The Art of Cloth in Mughal India] maps a history of a specific art form while offering a multilayered methodological corrective to the field of art history. . . . [This book] is a crucial, multidisciplinary addition to the field that combines art and architectural history with explorations into comparative literature, botany, and the history of trade."---Murad Khan Mumtaz, caa.reviews

"Drawing on a superb range of material . . . Houghteling weaves a lively and comprehensive tale of the production, circulation and sensory experience of textiles during the age of the Great Mughals (155-1700). . . . A remarkable aesthetic sensitivity permeates her erudite research in this superb account of the lives and meanings of Mughal textiles."---Emily Hannam, World of Interiors

"Houghteling compels us to rethink the history and historiography of textiles from the subcontinent through methodological forays that engage recent debates on global/local binaries, ecology and the environment, sensorial histories, artisanal practices, and commodity cultures, among other themes. . . . What emerges from this insightful study . . . is a dazzling social, cultural, political, and aesthetic history of textiles. Lavishly illustrated and exquisitely produced, The Art of Cloth in Mughal India will undoubtedly become a major landmark in the field of early modern art history."---Sugata Ray, West 86th

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