Vernacular Furniture
of Gujarat

Sahaj : Vernacular Furniture of Gujarat

Sahaj : Vernacular Furniture of Gujarat Cover
Mitraja Bais
Jay Thakkar
Samrudha Dixit
Ben Cartwright

The Gujarati term Sahaj can mean either ‘inherent’ or ‘intrinsic’, and this book introduces the everyday furniture that has been and still is made and used throughout Gujarat; whether that be a local household constructing a grain store from mud; a kharadi (woodturner) crafting the lacquered frame of a parnu (cradle); or a suthar or mistri (carpenter) creating the series of joints and complicated interlocking compartments in a majju (a large and ornate hope chest on wheels, decorated with carved wooden grills or inset glazed ceramic tiles). In Sahaj, alongside the everyday roles of the vernacular furniture pieces, the reader will find technical information, detailed plan drawings, and an overview of changes in the crafting and use of vernacular furniture across the different regions and communities of Gujarat, from the c.1900 to the present.


Authors: Mitraja Bais, Jay Thakkar, Samrudha Dixit, Ben Cartwright
Publisher: CEPT University Press
ISBN: 978-93-83184-16-3
Number of pages: 334
Language: English

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