Marigold

Countries

India

Languages

English

Model parameters

Uppercase

Cursive

Lowercase

Continuous Cursive

Connection

Fully-joined

Slant

Very Slanted

Update

06.11.2023

Before the introduction of the National Education Policy in 2020 and accompanying textbooks, the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) published and prescribed the textbook series Marigold for primary school English instruction.

Marigold showcases a cursive writing sample based on the Vere Foster Civil Service Hand, which was created in Britain in the 1860s by Irish-born diplomat, Vere Foster, and remained popular there for almost a century. The book does not specify who designed the letterforms presented in it, and only a DTP operator, Ritu Sharma, is acknowledged.

After learning print-style letters in grade 1, students are introduced to cursive writing in grade 2. The cursive letters have a slanted continuous cursive style with Anglo-European influence, and feature extenders equal in length to the x-height. They are based on narrow, elliptical shapes, and have a appreciable slope. The uppercase letters are ornate and traditional.

References

  • Foster, V., 1895. Vere Foster’s New Civil Service Copy Books – Medium Series. Blackie & Sons Limited, London.

  • National Council of Educational Research and Training (India), 2022. Marigold – Textbook in English for Class I.

  • State Council of Educational Research and Training, Mizoram, Aizawl, 2021. Kumtluang Bu Hnihna | Pawl-II Mizo, 7th ed.

  • Vikas Apple Cursive Capital & Small Letters, n.d. . Navneet Education Limited.