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In Approaching Textiles, Varying Viewpoints: Proceedings of the Seventh Biennial Symposium of the Textile Society of America, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2000
This paper focuses on nineteenth and early twentieth century textiles produced by the Kathi people of Saurashtra in northwest India, and motifs similar to the Kathi's repertoire. The purpose is to stimulate new thinking about archaic embroidered images and how they relate to the larger world of ancient solar/astral worship and the regenerative principles of nature. To understand this complex construct, let's start with the Kathi background, a brief history of the region, an analysis of some ancient motifs, and geographical heritage.