I didn't want to wait until the holidays to see if this might be in my Christmas stocking, so I went ahead and bought V & A Pattern: Indian Florals. But the book's petite size and reasonable price do make it the perfect stocking stuffer for a textile enthusiast. Or, really, just a lovely gift on its own. For something so tiny, it has nice details like a ribbon bookmark, and the included CD contains 71 images which students and designers can use non-commercially.
["Indian Flower" in Saffron ©Michael Smith]
Looking back at several centuries of Indian design, I definitely see precursors to contemporary fabric collections like Michael Smith's Jasper line and Brigitte Singh's hand-blocked work. In the book's introductory essay, scholar Rosemary Crill explains the prevalence of plant-and-flower-derived patterns in old Indian fabrics.
Sites of interest:
V & A Images
V & A Museum