印度是一個人口爆炸，集結各種文化、語言與複雜多變哲學理論的國家。探尋整個印度歷史，印度歷經了印度蒙兀兒帝國到英屬印度，到成為現在的全球大國，因而造就印度複雜而獨特的文化與藝術面貌。本書與同系列的《WA: The Essence of Japanese Design》相同，收錄超過200組印度歷年來設計產品演變，深入理解印度設計的精髓與美麗。印度設計風格的多變與獨特，來自印度擁有許多技術精湛的手工藝工匠，這些精緻的設計品經過幾世紀的演進與雕琢，再將特殊的工藝技術運用在科技與生活必需品。全書作品刻意不以編年順序編排，或是刻意介紹印度的知名設計作品，每個篇章以印地語抽象而深奧的概念為主題分類，每樣作品宛如變化無窮的美麗萬花筒，最能充分理解巧妙融合東西方的印度設計風。
An exploration of the timeless beauty of Indian design through 200 classic objects.
The Indian subcontinent is an amalgamation of peoples, cultures, languages and philosophies. Throughout history Indian culture has been subject to myriad different influences, from the Mughal empire to the British Raj to the now globalized nation in transition. Similar to 'Wa: Essence of Japanese Design', this book will trace continuity through the history of Indian design from antiquity to the present day.
The book explores the elements that make Indian design so special, including the varied manufacturing and decorating techniques of the country’s incredibly skilled craftsmen, highly specialized object designs that have been refined over centuries, and ongoing responses to nature, technology, and necessity. The objects were chosen for their enduring quality and beauty, and their integral connection to Indian culture.
Rather than following a chronological order or concentrating on the (often anonymous) designers, this book separates the objects into abstract categories anchored by Hindi words chosen to illuminate how each object fits into the lives of Indians.