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Extended Bibliography



Kutch administration reports in IOR/V/10/1494-1497.

IOR/R/20/G/218, No XV Item 2: Historical sketch of Kutch by Cpt Charles Walter, Assistant Political Agent. Bombay: Education Society's Press, 1855.

IOR/R/20/G/218, No XV Item 6: Memoir on the trade etc of the port of Mandvee in Kutch, by the late Lt R Leech, Bombay Engineers. Bombay: Education Society's Press, 1855.

IOR/V/23/212, No 15C: Brief sketch of the history of Kutch, prepared ... 1827, by Capt. Charles Walter. Bombay: Bombay Education Society's Press, 1855.

(See also other Kutch related material in IOR/V/23/212).

BL General Reference Collection 9057.h.4: A Sketch of the History of Cutch from its first connexion with the British Government in India to the conclusion of the treaty of 1819, by James Burnes Physician General of India (1829).

National Archives:

FO 705/9, Cutch: report by Capt. Walker. Pottinger Papers. INDIA 1809 - 1844. Reports and Memoranda. Cutch: report by Capt. Walker. Date range: 01 January 1828 - 31 December 1828


Ruth Barnes, Indian Block-Printed Textiles in Egypt: The Newberry Collection at the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 1997).

James Burgess, Report on the Antiquities of Kutch and Kathiawar: Being the Result of the Second Season's Operations of the Archaeological Survey of Western India, 1874-75 (Jam Shoro, Sind, 1991).

Rta Kapur Chishti, Martand Singh, Rahul Jain, Tradition and Beyond: Handcrafted Indian Textiles (New Delhi, 2000).

Rosemary Crill, Textiles from India: The Global Trade (Calcutta, London, New York: Seagull Books, 2006).

Arindam Dutta, The Bureaucracy of Beauty: Design in the Age of its Global Reproducibility (London: Routledge, 2007).

Eiluned Edwards, Textiles and Dress of Gujarat (Ahmedabad and London: Mapin; V&A Publishing, 2011).

Eiluned Edwards, The Desert and the Sewn: The Textiles and Dress of the Rabari of Kachchh (Manchester, 1999).

Judy Frater, Threads of Identity: Embroidery and Adornment of the Nomadic Rabaris (Ahmedabad, 1995).

John Gillow and Nicholas Barnard, Traditional Indian Textiles (London, 1991).

Douglas E. Haynes, Small Town Capitalism in Western India. Artisans, Merchants, and the Making of the Informal Economy, 1870-1960 (Cambridge: CUP, 2012).

Umesh Jadia (ed.), Kachchh: an introduction to the historical places, textile embroideries, arts & crafts etc. of Kachchh, Vol. 1. (Radhey Screen Printing, 1999).

P.M. Jethi, Kutch: People and their Handicrafts (New edn, Bhuj, 2008).

Randhir Khare, Kutch: Triumph of the Spirit (New Deli, 2006).

Christopher W. London, The Arts of Kutch (Mumbai, 2000)

Abigail McGowan, Crafting the Nation in Colonial India (Palgrave: New York, 2009).

Santipriya Mukhopadhyay, Catalogue of embroidered textiles from Cutch & Kathiawar in the Indian Museum (Calcutta, 1983).

Ghulam Nadri, ‘Exploring the Gulf of Kachh: Regional Economy and Trade in the Eighteenth Century’, Journal of Economic and Social History of the Orient, 51 (3) (2008), pp. 460-486.

J. M. Nanavati, M. P. Vora and M. A. Dhaky, The embroidery and bead work of Kutch and Saurashtra (Baroda, 1966).

Marianne Postans, Cutch; or, Random Sketches Taken During a Residence in one of the Northern Provinces of Western India (London, 1838), esp pp. 173-177, 256-259 and 271-275.

T.S. Randhawa, Kachchh: The Last Frontier (New Delhi, 1998).

Giorgio Riello and Tirthankar Roy (eds), How India Clothed the World: The World of South Asian Textiles, 1500-1850 (Leiden: Brill, 2009).

Edward Simpson, Muslim Society and the Western Indian Ocean: The Seafarers of Kutch.

Premjibhai B. Thacker, Kutch and its economy (The G.V. Mavalankar memorial lecture; 1960), Harold Laski Institute of Political Science, Ahmedabad. Publication ; no. 29 (Ahmedabad : Harold Laski Institute of Political Science, 1960).

Azhar Tyabji, Bhuj: Art, Architecture, History (Ahmedabad: Mapin, 2006).

Lotika Varadarajan, Ajrakh and Related Techniques: Traditions of Textile Printing in Kutch (Ahmedabad, 1983).


Judy Frater, 'Rabari Embroidery: Chronicle of Traditiona and Identity in Changing World', Jasleen Dhamija (ed.), Asian Embroidery (New Delhi, 2004), pp. 143-158.

Journal Articles

Amita Pandya and Arpita Vishwakarma, ‘Rogan, the traditional hand painted textile of Gujarat’, Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge, 9/4 (October 2010), pp. 644-650.

Anjali Karolia and Heli Buch, ‘Ajrakh, the resist printed fabric of Gujarat’, Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge, 7/1 (January, 2008), pp. 93-97.

Lotika Varadarajan, ‘Designs in Cotton: Horizons of the Past and Present’, India International Centre Quarterly, 11/4 (1984), pp. 69-78.

Eiluned Edwards, ‘Contemporary Production and Transmission of Resist-dyed and Block-printed Textiles in Kachchh District, Gujarat’, Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture, 3/2 (2005), pp. 166-189.

Eiluned Edwards, ‘Cloth and Community: The Local Trade in Resist-Dyed and Block-Printed textiles in Kachchh District, Gujarat’, Textile History, 38/2 (2007), pp. 179-197.

Eiluned Edwards, 'Colours of Kachchh: The Art of the Khatris of Dhamadka', Textiles Magazine, 27/2 (1998): 15-16.

Syed Khalid Hashmi, 'Market for Indian Handicrafts', Excel Journal of Engineering Technology & Management Science, 1/1 (January 2012).

Amarjit Gill and Harvinder S. Mand, 'Barriers to the growth of small business firms in India', International Journal of Business and Globalisation 10/1 (February 2013), pp. 1-13.

K.R. Priya, 'Post-quake recovery in Urban Kachchh', Economic and Political Weekly, 39/38 (2004), pp. 4229-4231.


All India Artisans and Craftworkers Welfare Association


HAT - Here and There

Arts Reverie


Fab India


YouTube Videos:

Weaving a New Story: Handloom Weaving in India

A Lasting Printing: Block Printing in India

Online Pieces

The Indian Craft: Sunrise or Sunset in a Global Market:

Sharmila Wood, ‘Sustaining Crafts and Livelihoods: Handmade in India’, Craft and Design Enquiry (published by the Craft Australia Research Centre), Vol. 3, special issue on sustainability in craft and design (2011). Available at

Craft Unbound website, 'Carole Douglas – a new tradition for trash in Kachchh', - Featuring Jabbar!

'Kutch’s very own bandhani', Deccan Chronicle, 6 May 2012,

Yorkshire World Collections – Ajrakh Block-Printed Fabric from Rajasthan (ULITA) -

Economist article 08.11.12, 'Hand-block Printing in India: Colors of the Rainbow':

Rogan stuff online

Rogan printing video:

New York Times rogan article:

Business Standard rogan article:

Daily Pioneer rogan article: article:

Khatri’s website: