• First such book exploring Brigitte Singh’s pioneering work
• Enhanced with 5 augmented reality videos available on a custom-made app
• Features essays by several noted scholars
• Features many previously unseen photographs
Brigitte Singh first came to Sanganer, Jaipur’s hand-blockprinting center, as a student of miniatures three decades ago. Today, the visual almanac of her work gives us a truly alternate way to read medieval and modern civilizational encounters – through the evolution and transmission of motifs and craft techniques over centuries.
Brigitte Singh’s exquisite work with blockprints is a form of re-enacted design history, rendered in visual rather than textual terms. Uncovering and reaching down to the purer forms, to the composite aesthetic of the 18th century, it offers a singular source of access to a seminal epoch in design.
This volume illustrates how Singh has approached her craft with an archeological devotion, peeling off dusty layers from the long-obscured story of blockprinting in the subcontinent. Her work yields a truly Indian aesthetic, fully formed and yet open to influences, full of grand narratives but so dense with detail and meaning that in every telling, something new and essential is revealed both to the raconteur and the audience.
This book has been enhanced with five augmented reality videos, each linked to a photograph marked with the symbol. These videos – available on the BooksPlus mobile app – document the block carving process; the printing workshop; Brigitte Singh narrating the story of Jaipur print; the stitching process; and Brigitte Singh speaking about her creative journey.
Foreword – Alexandre Ziegler; Brigitte Singh: Master Craftswoman – Laila Tyabji; In the Garden of Prints – Sheela Reddy; Design Sans Frontiers – Sunil Menon; Printress; Colour; Blocks; Motifs and Prints; Workshop; Block Printing and Dyeing on Cotton in India – Jasleen Dhamija; Sanganer: Floral Kingdom – Chandramani Singh; Early Indian Printed Textiles: Inspirations for Brigitte Singh – Rosemary Crill; Mulhouse: An Alsatian Detour – Jacqueline Jacqué; Thousand Steps to Enchantment – Michel Biehn; Being French, Becoming Indian – Aleta Bartel.