Sunday, November 2, 2008

Art Book Centre: Launches “Handmade in India” in Ahmedabad

Art Book Centre: Delivers “Handmade in India” in Ahmedabad

M P Ranjan

Image 1: The Art Book Centre at Madalpur village in Ahmedabad and its founder at the balcony with book jackets and artworks on display.

A quaint and endearing bookstore in Ahmedabad has more titles of books about Indian textiles, art and design than most places that I have seen in India. Located at Madalpur village in the heart of Ahmedabad city in the Ellis Bridge area, it is a specialized bookstore run by a dedicated father and son team who perhaps know more about what has been written about Indian textiles and handicrafts than most scholars of the subject, and this is due to their commitment to locate and collect all available books in their field, old and new, and make them available to those who seek knowledge about Indian textiles, art and handicicrafts. Shri Manohar Patel, founder of the Art Book Centre and his son Shri Ketan Patel are seen at all book exhibitions dealing with art and design books and their first floor bookstore is a feast for the hungry book lovers looking for the subject of Indian art, textiles and handictafts. Accessed through a steep and narrow stairway, their first floor shop is decorated with colourful graphics, Torans (traditional Gujarati buntings) and book jackets from a wide range of publishers, with Mapin taking the lion’s share of shelf space.

Image 2: Aditi Ranjan signing few copies of Handmade at the Art Book Centre with Manohar and Ketan in their shop.

It is therefore no surprise that they were the first to carry stocks of “Handmade in India” and reach them to NID, the local libraries as well as NID faculty and students who have gobbled up the first batch of 100 books that reached them last week. Shri Manohar Patel tells me that he is picking up the next consignment of 100 books later this week, immediately after the long Diwali holidays get over in Ahmedabad. Aditi and I were invited to sign a few books for their regular buyers and collectors who keep in touch with them from all over the world. The Art Book Centre has been around for a long time and it is one of the must visit places in Ahmedabad on the list of most textile design related tourists to the city. They have an interesting and informative website and also respond to emails and can be reached through their contact info provided below. They have a particularly good reputation for mailing books overseas in a good condition but the book is heavy at 3.5 kg apiece and the postage too will be pretty heavy as a result.

Art Book Centre
Specialists in Books on Indian Art and Culture
Madalpur, Nr. Jain Temple, Ellis Bridge,
Ahmedabad – 380 007 INDIA

Email: artbookcenter_2000 (at)
Website: : Art Book Centre

Image 3: Product information from the previous posts on Design for India as well as the Mapin 2008 Catalogue.

The “Handmade in India” is marketed by Mapin Publishers Pvt Ltd, Ahmedabad on behalf of the COHANDS and the Development Commissioner of Handicrafts, Government of India who are the publishers of the book. Mapin has included the product details in their recent brochure and the product details are given below.

Handmade in India

Edited by Aditi Ranjan and M.P. Ranjan

576 pages, 3500 colour photographs and 140 maps,
9.5 x 13.5” (240 x 340 mm), hc,
Weight: 3.5 kg nett
ISBN: 978-81-88204-57-1 (Mapin)
ISBN: 978-81-88204-49-6 (Mapin Series ISBN)
Rs.3,950.00 / US$95.00 /

Image 4: Aditi Ranjan and M P Ranjan at the Art Book Centre signing event on Sunday 2 November 2008.

Download the complete book as pdf file 337 mb size Handmade in India as pdf 337 mb

M P Ranjan


  1. This is such great news!! Congratulations Ranjan and Aditi.. its so heartening to see this nuch awaited book finally reach everyone! .truly a moment to cherish.. terribly exciting and i cant wait to get my own copy. Have already ordered it long distance..!:). Much love

  2. How wonderful!Congrats Ranjan and Aditi..What's the next project? Good wishes for that!

  3. It was great to see a wonderful hard work bearing fruits with this collection and waiting see the print copy.
    My wishes to Ranjan and Aditi for providing a intrinsic view!

  4. After many unsuccessful attempts, I could download the Hanmade in India Pdf book. Thank you very much for it - great work. Well compiled, well researched and beautifully designed.
    A monumental Work much needed for the day, before the arts disappear in modern world.

    As I could not afford the hard copy of the book, I always wanted to have this one. Thank you very much. Keep up the good work and hope to see more in the future.

    I am a lover of Indian arts and crafts. and am very delighted with this much awaited book, which I always dreamed of one day becoming a reality.

    I am a B.E. (Electronics) engineer by education. and after working in the engineering construction business for more than 12 years, going bankrupt then working in Electronic Embedded System Software for 4 years, i decided to ultimate;y do what I like. Now i paint, and after doing a course in fancy bag making from KVIC , Mumbai, I design and make Jute, cotton and canvass purses and bags for a living, for last 5 months. Tough going but life is art and art is life for me.

    So once again Congratulations to the authors and everybody associated with this project.

    Jai Bhavani, Jai Bharat Mata.

    Girish Honavar


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