Signature: Patterns in Gond Art

Tara Books


Signature: Patterns in Gond Art, edited by Gita Wolf, Bhajju Shyam and Jonathan Yamakami / ISBN 9789380340029 / An 88-page used hardcover (out-of-print), about 9.25 x 8.5 inches, from Tara Books (India) / light wear to the cover (tiny section of lamination peel), otherwise in excellent condition

I blogged about this book in 2010: I imagined a line of spiders, creeping along


The first-ever compendium of the visually stunning Indian Gond artists' patterns, along with brief notes on their meaning and history.

"Gond artists hail from Central India and work with an older tradition of drawing on walls and floors. Yet these artists mark their work as their own with carefully chosen patterns... each artist has invented his or her own distinct design, with particular meanings. This is their mark or 'signature.'"

Gita Wolf is the founder of Tara Books, and has written nearly 25 books for children and adults. Considered one of the most original and creative voices in contemporary Indian publishing, she has pursued her interest in exploring and experimenting with the form of the book and its status as a revered cultural object. Several of her children’s books have won major international awards, including the Bologna Ragazzi New Horizons Award.

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