Journal of Art & Culture

NOTES ON ART & CULTURE || BY JAINA MISHRA – WOVENSOULS.COM

Textile Ethnography – Markers of Migration

The inevitable outcome of passion -  if one can afford it -  is heavy expenditure. Expenditure of the most scarce resource i.e. “time”. In my case, much of that expenditure … Continue reading

November 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – Home Decor 3

Ideas for Interior Wall Art Decor Decorating with an early-mid 19th century Thirma Bagh Phulkari. To view Phulkari Baghs visit the Textile Gallery of wovenouls.com jm Nov 20, 2014

November 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Dressing up for a Ball, 1800s

People think draping a sari is difficult. But hardly as difficult as dressing up for the ball in the 1800s! A link to some images posted on Facebook:       … Continue reading

November 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Satrangi… Seven Colors of …..

Seven is a special prime number! It is the number of easily discernible distinct colors of the rainbow*. It is the number of easily discernible distinct notes of music*. It … Continue reading

November 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

“In the Shadows”

A photograph that is a part of the ‘Journey of the Soul’

November 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Welcome to my Journal!

Join me in my journeys where I explore the traditional art & vanishing culture of India and beyond. Join me in my travelogues to Marwar-Sindh Ladakh & Orissa, Kutch, Sarawak, … Continue reading

November 16, 2014

INDEX | Articles on Culture

A kaleidoscope of glimpses into various cultures within Asia. Each tribe, each ethnicity expresses its identity in various ways – music, dance, textiles, costumes, food, language, life format etc. It … Continue reading

November 16, 2014 · 8 Comments

INDEX | Articles on Art

My explorations in ethnic and tribal art of various forms are posted here.  You could either scroll down and read all the articles or click on the articles that interest … Continue reading

November 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

INDEX | Articles by Region

The culture & art articles have been clubbed together in several region-specific diaries listed below. Rajasthan, Western India – Marwar  Diaries Karakoram – Dard Diaries Ryukyu Okinawa, Japan: Ryukyu Diaries … Continue reading

November 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

DAILY ART FIX – AN ARTWORK A DAY

An addict constantly needs a fix to keep him stable. Me – in moments of extreme stress I find solace & peace in viewing works of traditional art. In normal … Continue reading

November 16, 2014 · 2 Comments

People: Edward Gerber

As I roam the auctions galleries, one name has been appearing consistently associated with the auction lots that strike me. Edward Gerber. It is with sadness that I read the … Continue reading

November 16, 2014 · 1 Comment

Textiles in Indian Literature

Heartwarming excerpt referring to the making of kantha textiles in Bengali literature

November 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Link : Antique Rugs of the Future Project – Library of Azerbaijan Rugs

A link to a fantastic educational library of antique Azerbaijan Rugs

November 12, 2014 · 3 Comments

The Snowflake Shawl – Hazara Embroidery from the past

Presenting an old Hazara embroidery – that is as simple as it is complex. A textile that is as much for the eyes as it is for the mind! A textile that has captivated me for months. The ‘Snowflake’ Shawl

November 11, 2014 · 2 Comments

Of Walls & Barriers

Ramblings about walls – both real and psychological sparked off by an old Anatolyan Cicim Tent Divider Textile

November 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Midnight in Paris or Evening in London

A vision of evenings of discussions with genius minds of art, of literature, of science!

November 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Sultry Black Ludhi of the Rabari Tribe

A story that is as deep and bordering on the dark lies hidden within the sultry black veil of the Rabaris of Kutch. Told to me by a village elder, the story is dramatic.

November 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – Home Decor 2

Exploring new ideas for wall decor…

November 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Patan Patola Heritage Museum

Private Patan Patola Museum opened in Gujarat. Sept 2014.

November 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Book of the Month – Nov 2014

I was in two minds about getting this book as I am traveling and the volume of luggage on my nomadic caravan seems to be expanding day by day. But … Continue reading

November 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

We and They

A poem by Kipling on ‘diversity’.

November 2, 2014 · 2 Comments

From Ashgabat to Istanbul – Exhibition at the Textile Museum of Canada

A report of the visit to the Textile Museum of Canada at Toronto’s exhibition of Oriental Rugs from Canadian Collections “From Ashgabat to Istanbul’. First published on Jozan magazine.

November 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

An Artwork A Day – Anatolyan Cicim Tent Divider

A question mark rug textile… any insights or clues?

November 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Mystical Banjara Textiles – continued

Continuation of the Note on Banjara textiles

October 31, 2014 · 2 Comments

Drona would be Impressed – The Impressive Next Generation

An inspiring encounter with the next generation

October 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

And so I met ….

…..an Armenian! Not so long ago, in 2010, I was in Surat where my ancestors came from. And my uncle, seeing my enthusiasm took me on his Vespa scooter to … Continue reading

October 31, 2014 · 1 Comment

ANTIQUE TEXTILE NEWS: The Fabric of India Exhibition

An exhibition at the V&A museum

October 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

AN ARTWORK A DAY – Pair of Door Panels

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October 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

“Sarava Mangalam…” Happy New Year – Vikram Samvat 2071

A Sanskrit Shloka – a perfect prayer for an auspicious new year Vikram Samvat 2071

October 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

AN ARTWORK A DAY – Perak from Ladakh

The spectacular Turquoise Perak from Ladakh, India

October 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

TEXTILE ART NEWS: Talk at the Montreal Oriental Rug Society

Announcement of Textile Talk, Oct 25th, 2014….. read more

October 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Narakasura Festival, Goa

[A post from 2010 on the occasion of Diwali & Narakasur] Goa. Narakasur. Pre-Diwali. A unique folk festival that I noticed for the first time in 2004  then became more … Continue reading

October 20, 2014 · 3 Comments

My Dream House …..

A dream house….

October 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

ANTIQUE TEXTILE NEWS – Kimono Exhibition

“Kimono – A MODERN HISTORY” METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART September 27, 2014–January 19, 2015    

October 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Antique Textiles Preview Page

Introducing the PREVIEW PAGE for Wovensouls Antique Textiles

October 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

AN ARTWORK A DAY – Art within Art

October 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Colors of Magic!

My first view of Autumn, Montreal – Canada.

October 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

AN ARTWORK A DAY – Amazing Vintage Debariya Embroidery from Kutch

Amazing Vintage Tribal Embroidery from Debariya Rabaris fo Kutch

October 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

TEXTILE ART NEWS: Event in Toronto

An excellent opportunity to view museum textiles up close: “Treasures of Islamic Textiles & Art in Toronto November 10-11″ by the Textile Society of America TSA Textiles Close Up at Royal … Continue reading

October 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Bell Temple of Assam

On a highway away from the main cities is a Hindu temple with a peculiarity that makes it stand apart from the millions of other Hindu temples in India. This … Continue reading

October 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

AN ARTWORK A DAY – Antique Vietnam Beaded Weaving

Antique Vietnam Sapa Beaded Woven Textile Skirt

October 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Textiles in Paintings of the Past

No words. None needed.     From the National Portrait Gallery, London    

October 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

TEXTILE ART NEWS: Peabody Essex Museum acquires gorgeous 18th c. Indian textile collection

“The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in Salem, Massachusetts has acquired a rare collection of 18th century Indian textiles that are in such spectacular condition that you’d be forgiven for thinking … Continue reading

October 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Motif & Meaning – 4 | The Case of the Butter Churning Girls

Curious coincidences in Textile Art from two different regions explored

October 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

New Look, New Pieces, Renewed Passion

The website is the only (miniscule) art that I personally create. The real artworks were / are created by the collective genius of the tribes & ethnic groups! Click to … Continue reading

October 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Bio

ACADEMIC EDUCATION B.Sc.(Physics) |  St. Xavier’s College Mumbai M.B.A.  |  S.P. Jain Inst of Management & Research, Mumbai MENSA member SAP Certified Adv Diploma in Logistics & Supply Chain (SINGAPORE)

October 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Inside Tamdi Surla Temple – a Monument that escaped Plunder

I played Chor-Police or Police & Thieves for hours every day during my school holidays in my childhood. One team hides and the other team seeks. Too often, as a … Continue reading

October 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

AN ARTWORK A DAY – Rustic Theli from Gujarat

To be added on wovensouls.com soon

October 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

AN ARTWORK A DAY – A Peacock Strolls to the Flower Patch

Antique Textile from Gujarat

October 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Embellishments in Traditional Asian Textiles

Strange & interesting bits and pieces have been used as textile embellishments. In the decade of collecting textiles, I find that non-textile embellishments are most common in South Asian Hilltribes … Continue reading

October 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

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