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Book co-written by Norwich man on traditional Indian furniture launched

PUBLISHED: 16:00 15 October 2018 | UPDATED: 16:00 15 October 2018

Interior of a house in Gujarat, northwest India.

Interior of a house in Gujarat, northwest India.

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A book co-authored 
by a Norwich-based man and funded by a local charity detailing research into traditional Indian furniture has been launched.

The book, co-authored by Norwich-based Dr Ben Cartwright, is launched by the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Vijaybhai Rupani.The book, co-authored by Norwich-based Dr Ben Cartwright, is launched by the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Vijaybhai Rupani.

‘Sahaj: Vernacular Furniture of Gujarat’ is the first of a three-volume publication recording a survey of traditional furniture in north-west India.

The research project is a collaboration between CEPT university in Gujarat and the South Asian Decorative Arts and Crafts Collection Trust (SADACC), based in Norwich.

The book was co-authored by Dr Ben Cartwright, collection curator for the SADACC Trust. He has studied how the crafting and use of the furniture in the region has changed over time. Nearly two thousand items of traditional furniture were recorded.

The SADACC is also conducting an oral history project 
recording East Anglian people’s memories 
of life in India, as 
well as objects that 
bring back memories of their ancestors’ time in India.


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