I was curious to see what Anupama Swaminadhan has been up to lately so I began browsing her site. Turns out there was a nice story about her in the August 2009 issue of Canadian House & Home, and I think her hand-painted linens would be the ultimate luxury for a fantasy Thanksgiving table (or any fall table). Of course I'm always drawn to her pillows, too.
Swaminadhan uses the 3,000-year-old kalamkari technique which traditionally involves painting dyes on fabric using a bamboo pen. In the mood to learn more about that, I hopped over to the Calico Museum of Textiles. But there I got distracted again by the decades-old books for sale.
I still haven't converted the rupees to U.S. dollars to compare the museum's prices with rare/used book dealers in the U.S.
If you decide to do some browsing, look out for titles about handcrafted textiles written by B. C. Mohanty; many of these come with actual cloth samples -- often 38 or so. The Selvedge Bookshop is another good source for textile books, and I did find quite a few old Mohanty titles over at Amazon. Although, as expected with out-of-print art and design books, the prices are high.
Credits: images one and two via Anupama Swaminadhan; three through five via the Calico Museum of Textiles; and six via Amazon and Fred Struthers.