The Vernacular Furniture of N.W. India
A survey of vernacular furniture in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab & Haryana. This is the first ever research of its kind. While much has been written on other forms of material culture from north-west India, such as architecture and textiles, little research has been conducted on the traditional everyday furniture of the region. This survey aims to combine detailed design information with the social stories bound up in the vernacular furniture – whether it is a wooden hope chest (commissioned from a specialist craftsperson at the time of marriage) or a mud, hay and dung granary sculpted by the women of a rural household. The fieldwork teams have been taking detailed measurements, making scale drawings, taking photographs and conducting oral history interviews. This project is being conducted in collaboration with the Design Innovation and Craft Resource Centre, CEPT University Ahmedabad. Sahaj: Vernacular Furniture of Gujarat was launched by CEPT University Press in October 2018. Vernacular Furniture of Gujarat: Catalogue is being published to accompany this volume. Field work has been completed and the work on the publications has begun of Phase II: Rajasthan, and fieldwork has started on Phase III: Punjab & Haryana.