The Authors

Venice Lamb

Venice Lamb studied painting in Paris in the studio of Fernand Leger. Subsequently, she qualified as an occupational therapist, with weaving as her special craft. It was while working as an occupational therapist in a leper settlement in Malaya that Venice Lamb began her study of non-European handloom textile traditions. In 1968, when she accompanied her husband, Alastair Lamb, to Ghana, she embarked upon a systematic survey of traditional weaving in West Africa which has involved extended travel in nearly all the countries in the region from Cabo Verde to Cameroun

Her publications include West African Weaving (1975), Nigerian Weaving, with Judy Holmes (1980) , and Au Cameroun: Weaving – Tissage, with Alastair Lamb (1981).and Sierre Leone Weaving 1984.

Alastair Lamb

Alastair Lamb is a diplomatic historian by training, and is the author of several monographs including studies of the Sino-Indian border dispute and the Sino-Pakistani conflict over Kashmir. He also has worked in the fields of archaeology and ethnography in both Asia and Africa; and he is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. Between 1968 and 1972 he was Professor of History in the University of Ghana. Among his interests is photography; and he was responsible for the majority of the illustrations in the books. He was Reader in History at the Hatfield Polytechnic in the 1980's.

Alastair Lamb is the author of several works on the problems of the international relations of the subcontinent, including Britain and Chinese Central Asia: the Road to Lhasa 1767-1905 (1960), The China-India Border (1964), The McMahon Line (1966), Crisis in Kashmir (1966), Asian Frontiers (1968), The Sino-Indian Border in Ladakh (1973), British India and Tibet 1766-1910 (1986), Tibet, China & India 1914-1950 (1989).Birth of a Tragedy,Kashmir 1947(1994), Incomplete Partition1947-48 (1997),Kashmir A disputed Legacy 1846-1990,