Bhajju Shyam, Gita Wolf, Jonathan Yamakami, Various Artists

In the wonderful art of the Gond tribal community of Central India, decorative patterns fill the surface of images in intricate profusion. Each pattern is unique to a particular artist, making it his or her signature. This unique collection of Gond patterns is also an anthology of some of the best known Gond artists. Each artist talks about why he or she has chosen a particular pattern as their signature, an explanation that helps the reader connect everyday life and labour with imagination and artistic rendering.

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Weight300 g
Dimensions210 × 230 mm








Bhajju Shyam

Bhajju Shyam

Bhajju Shyam belongs to the Gond tribe of artists—a community of highly visual story-tellers—from Madhya Pradesh in India. His captivating art keeps the symbolic density of the Gond style, bringing to it the intelligence and clarity of his own vision. The versatile artist has received international acclaim since his runaway success in 2003 with The London Jungle Book. Click here to discover his other Tara Books.

Gita Wolf

Gita Wolf

Gita Wolf started Tara Books as an independent publishing house based in India. An original and creative voice in contemporary Indian publishing, she is known for her interest in exploring and experimenting with the form of the book. She has written over twenty books for children and adults. Several have won major international awards and been translated into multiple languages. Click here to discover her other Tara Books.

jonathan yamakami

Jonathan Yamakami

Jonathan Yamakami is a graphic designer from São Paulo, Brazil, who currently lives in Washington DC. He received an MFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2013, and his work has been featured by NPR, the New York Times and AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers. Jonathan is particularly interested in exploring new ways of presenting and conceiving of the book. Click here to discover his other Tara Books.

Various Artists

Various Artists

Artists featured in this book include several award-winners of extraordinary talent, including Durga Bai and Ramsingh Urveti. Both of these artists have exhibited in India and abroad, and have also been featured in exhibitions of indigenous and folk art from India.