Embroidering Lives: Women's Work and Skill in the Lucknow Embroidery Industry

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SUNY Press, Mar 25, 1999 - Business & Economics - 239 pages
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Fusing aesthetic and economic analyses, Embroidering Lives investigates the lives and work of women in the chikan embroidery industry of Lucknow, India. Richly descriptive and accessibly written, the book explores many important issues in women’s studies, anthropology, and urban development today—the impact of purdah (seclusion of women) upon women’s work and occupational opportunities, the key role of sub-contractors in home-based industry, the need to understand a handicraft from its makers’ point of view, and the role of development agencies and programs.
 

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Contents

Chikan in Historical Context
1
The Division of Labor
25
Embroiderers in Social Perspective
59
Work and Wages
87
Skill and Knowledge in Fine Chikan Embroidery
123
Development Schemes and State Patronage
157
Conclusion
197
Appendix
205
Notes
211
Glossary
217
Index
231
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Clare M. Wilkinson-Weber is Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Washington State University.

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