THE Kama Sutra has had a modern makeover.
A LADY’S TOUCH: Could switching up the illustrator make the book more appealing to women?
The Hindu sex guide is undertaking a feminine rebrand for the first time in 2,000 years.
The Folio Society revealed that they were releasing a new edition of the book – which can be viewed from a totally different perspective.
Until now, a woman has never illustrated the ancient text.
The Kama Sutra was originally intended to help educate men about sexual positions and techniques.
This meant that the manuscript and drawings were always seen from the male perspective.
So to open up the book to a wider audience, an award-winning artist has been roped into a new project.
Los Angeles-based illustrator Victo Ngai is behind the modern sketches.
GIRL POWER: Award-winning artist Ngai is behind the illustrations
Ngai revealed that she had a more feminine and thoughtful approach to the work, which could transform the way the guide is viewed.
She told MailOnline: “Instead of creating illustrations which are overtly sexual, I tried to walk the fine line of creating something that’s tantalising, yet thoughtful and elegant at the same time…
“I didn’t think about it while working on the book, but examining the pieces now in hind-sight, I believe I did subconsciously work from a female-centric perspective.
“For example, many of the scenes are composed in a way that situates the viewers in the women’s point of view, while the writing often reflects the patriarchal attitude of its time.”
Only 750 copies of the edition will be released – and they’ll cost an eye-watering £395 each.
The book’s promotional blub explains: “There have been many editions of the Kama Sutra , but none more vividly imagined as through the work of award-winning artist Victo Ngai.
“Each full-colour illustration weaves an intricate story and tantalises with erotic suggestion.
“Ngai has also created 25 beautiful black and white interpretations of the sexual positions and these liberally illustrate the text.
“A signed artist’s print portraying an amorous couple locked in the Embrace of Thighs is presented with every book.”