Art and Craft Workshops under the Mughals: A Study of Jaipur Karkhanas
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Sumbul Halim Khan
Associate Professor, Department of History, Aligarh Muslim University
This book focuses not only on the materials used and the means of production in the karkhanas of Jaipur, but also on their technical aspects of production. Tapping into the rich statistical data and profusion of micro level details locked in these regional sources such as the karkhanajat papers comprising roznama, arhsatta, siyah, and taujih, and rare documents in the Town Hall Museum at Jaipur and the Rajasthan State Archives, Bikaner, this book showcases the literary corpus of the karkhana documents which help the reader gain a better understanding of the conditions of production, cost prices of raw materials, as well as the economic organization of these workshops. With specialized skills in bookbinding, cartography, textile designing, gem encrustation, and even manufacture and decoration of canons, the products manufactured in these karkhanas were not merely utilitarian items but also exquisite masterpieces of art and craft.
‘…those interested in craft production and the material culture of the Mughal court will find much to explore in the rich empirical detail and numerous illustrations in this modest tome.’
Martha Chaiklin, New Books Asia