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The vocabulary used to describe crafts and textiles is rich, varied, specialized and often unfamiliar. This glossary has been conceived as a guide whose purpose is to provide as introductory survey over this very wide field. The explanation and or definition of the most commonly used terms are intended to furnish a preliminary insight into the subject in an attempt to facilitate a deeper understanding of this very complex and vast subject.

When combined with the Bibliography section it seeks to serve as a guide for further study.

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We will be adding on and updating this list regularly.

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Italicised terms within the text are defined further within the Glossary.

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Vernacular terms have been listed in red

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Bania

Common term for a Hindu shopkeeper, merchant or money-lender.

Baul

The Bauls are a mystic sect of Bengal whose religious observance is expressed largely in music and dance. They have a very rich musical tradition with their own typical instruments on which they accompany their songs and dances. Their settlements, small communes called akharas, are scattered throughout East (Bangladesh) and West Bengal. Mostly drawn from rural lower and, occasionally, upper caste Hindus, Bauls, both men and women, leave their homes and society to join the community life of the akharas. Caste distinctions are shed and they are all equals.

Bhitiya

See Besan.

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