Dharohar: The Reflections of Indian Heritage

By: Sonika Soni Khar | Sanjeevani Ayachit
  • ISBN: 978-93-83419-70-8
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Dimension: 11 x 8.5 in.
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Pages: 246


The Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, Pune, is the one-man collection of about 21,000 priceless artifacts by Padmashree Late Dr. D.G. Kelkar (1896–1990) which mirror the everyday life of India. Among other artifacts like writing instruments, coins, nut crackers, musical instruments, etc., the museum also houses a vivid collection of Paithanis and Chandrakala from Maharashtra, Parsi garas, Banarasi weaves, Rabari garments from Kutch and Gujarat, ‘Kantha’ creations, etc.

The book DHAROHAR showcases the apparel and accessories in the collection of the Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, Pune. The book features the traditional costumes of men, women and children along with the saris, patkas, sashes and dupattas along with personal and home accessories as well as animal trappings in the collection of the museum.

The book also provides glimpses of modest yet elegant Kelkar museum with Marathi Architecture, the highlight of which is room of Mastani Mahal which has been shifted from Kothrud, Pune, to this museum. It also shows the other artefacts available and also interiors of the museum which are evident in the introductory chapters of the book.

The books can be used in advanced level, either in 2nd/3rd year, in graduate as well as postgraduate level. It can be used as a reference to study various traditional garments in terms of design, fabric and technical details. The information provided in the book can also be used by researchers who are working on traditional costumes of India mainly belonging to middle or poor sections of India along with the constructional details.

About the Author

Sonika Soni Khar

Sonika Soni Khar has been involved in design education, practice and research for more than 16 years. She joined Symbiosis Institute of Design (SID) as one of the founder member in 2005 and was involved in curriculum and infrastructure development, faculty appointments, trainings, library resourcing and other developmental activities. In 2014, she joined Pearl Academy as Associate Professor where she is involved in various academic and research-related activities.



Sanjeevani Ayachit

Upon completing her Masters in Clothing and Textiles from the reputed M.S. University of Baroda, Sanjeevani Ayachit took up employment at the prestigious men’s apparel company Raymond Apparel Ltd., Thane.  After spending about three years at RAL, she moved to Pune where she took up a teaching position at the S. N. D. T College of Home Science which was followed by three years of teaching fashion design at a private fashion institute. She has also served as Manager – Quality Control at a Pune based apparel brand. In 2009, Sanjeevani joined Symbiosis Institute of Design as an Associate Professor in the Fashion department. She has taught a wide variety of subjects ranging from Design Process, Design Thinking, Fashion Design Projects, History of Indian Garments, Heritage Indian Textiles etc.