The Wovensouls Journal

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

Old Age Alone is not Enough to be Attractive

Old age alone is not enough to be attractive. And conversely youth alone is not enough to be rejected. *** “I want to be different” she said. In a village … Continue reading

July 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Glory of Tent Bands – Hybrid Textile Art

Who says works of art must follow rules? Could there be crossovers? Fusion of techniques? Fusion of Styles? Sure – why not. Why would it be done? Simply because the … Continue reading

June 30, 2015 · 2 Comments

A Walk through the Grand Bazar of Istanbul

Too often as I stroll through a market and like something, I do not buy it right away – thinking that I will pick it up on the way back.  … Continue reading

June 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – Tibetan Nomad’s Trifurcated Pouch

The Art is simple – but the craft is complex and stunning: More pictures on this page of wovensouls.com

June 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Postcards from Rajasthan

Postcards (or rather the e-version – Whatsapp Images) from Rajasthan. Sent by the remarkable Narayan Gadhvi, a young man who lives in the desert city of Jaisalmer and was pivotal … Continue reading

June 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Kashmir that We Shall Never See Again

Kashmir: A geography I have not yet been to. A history that none of us can ever go to. A few old photos that bring alive the lifestyle of Old … Continue reading

June 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – Vintage Ethnic Embroidery

Vintage Embroidery from Gujarat. India ca 1950 – 1970 Large piece used for home decor.

June 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Palepai Ship Cloths – Threads of Ancestry

Palepais are the most magnificent members of the Sumatran Ship Cloth family. The others – Tampans & Tatibins – are smaller and have fewer restrictions on usage and inheritance. Tampans … Continue reading

June 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

Daily Art Fix – Antique Dayak Fertility Necklace

Click to view more images on WOVENSOULS.COM Daily Art Fix – Antique Dayak Fertility Necklace jm June 2015

June 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Guest Post – Memories of Swat – Kohistan Valley

Steve Wallace is a Textile Collector living in Australia and has kindly shared his memories of a visit to the Swat Valley three decades ago through this note. Photos are … Continue reading

June 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

DAILY ART FIX – Antique Sarkoy Kilim Fragment

  Simple yet it makes a stunning impact with the rust & black! jm June 2015 DAILY ART FIX – Antique Sarkoy Kilim Fragment

June 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Fiesty San Jao Festival of Goa

Reposting an earlier article about the San Jao Festival held every year on June 24th. Click to View The Fiesty San Jao Festival of Goa jm June 2015

June 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

 Lost & Found – An Ancient City in Northern Thailand

An experience from 8 years ago almost lost in my memory… revived through photos. In 1984, some ancient tablets were found at a site about 5km from Chiang Mai in … Continue reading

June 25, 2015

Daily Art Fix – A Thousand Stars in a Black Sky

Click to see more images of this gorgeous Kohistani shawl Daily Art Fix – A Thousand Stars in a Black Sky jm June 2015

June 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Art of the Red River – Ceramics from Avanos

Avanos lies along the Red River in Turkey that contains a unique red clay that is wonderful for ceramics. And so over the decades or centuries, the preferred medium of … Continue reading

June 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Welcome to my Journal!

“True wealth lies in living a nomadic life. Those who settle down lose their identity”   – Proverb of the Turkish Nomadic Yoruks Join me in my journeys where I explore … Continue reading

June 24, 2015

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

June 24, 2015 · 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

June 24, 2015 · 1 Comment

INDEX | Articles by Region

The culture & art articles have been clubbed together in several region-specific diaries listed below. Anatolian Diaries Coastal Thailand Diaries Vietnam Diaries Myanmar Diaries Rajasthan, Western India – Marwar  Diaries … Continue reading

June 24, 2015 · 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

June 24, 2015 · 2 Comments

Worth of a Woman ….

“A female slave, skilled in embroidery is worth four oxen” – Homer, 2nd Century BCE We’ve come a long way haven’t we? Or have we? [To be fair, besides female … Continue reading

June 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix: Old Anatolian Chuval

A large antique Anatolian Yoruk (nomadic) chuval or çuval storage bag (opened) with stunning Yellow, Red & black Kilim skirt bands. Rare asymmetric pattern on the central Soumac band. Cannot … Continue reading

June 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

External Article: Bound Feet – A Photo Essay

A superb photo essay “The Last Surviving Chinese Women With Bound Feet” WARNING: Graphic images. External Article: Bound Feet – A Photo Essay

June 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Brilliant Guerilla Strategy of the Viet Cong – Cu Ci Tunnels

The general thinking is that it is good to be tall and hefty. But during the Vietnam War, (1954–75), that was a conflict that pitted the Viet Cong, against the … Continue reading

June 22, 2015 · 1 Comment

ANNOUNCEMENT: 13th International Conference on Oriental Carpets – ICOC Event

The 13th International Conference on Oriental Carpets (ICOC) will be held in Washington DC from 6 – 9 August 2015. This edition of these always popular Conferences is being held … Continue reading

June 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Some Doors for My Future Tent

Perfect for my future tent! A set of three old tent doors / dividers / perde curtains (most likely converted from grain sacks?) from the homes of Yoruks or nomads … Continue reading

June 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Art & Dads

More than a decade ago, art began entering our lives and as a result, cash began leaving our bank. At some point we addressed this issue actively and wondered whether … Continue reading

June 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Lore of a Kilim Rug | The Lure of a Kilim Rug

One day a Yürük tribal chief saw a kilim rug cast on the ground by a tent. Looking at it brought anguish to his heart, so he called on his … Continue reading

June 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Longer Stronger Lives

Rug repairers in Turkey blessing the textiles with their skills.  Critiques have a lot to say about this controversial topic of textile repair…. But the fact is that repairs arrest … Continue reading

June 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – Colors of Anatolia

     I have been dreaming about the border of this fragment of 2 halves of this 19th century kilim ever since I laid eyes on it!   So much … Continue reading

June 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix

Motifs from the 16th century Usak Carpet               From the Museum of Turkish & Islamic Art, Istanbul Jm June 2015

June 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Intrigued by the Past –    Cappadocia 1

 The viewing is done, the guide’s explanation of possible theories has been heard and some basic material on the land formations and subsequent habitation has been read. But questions remain … Continue reading

June 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Games People Play

In Tibet I saw Billiards Being played on tables set up in the open. Old men, young men, teenagers. Altogether. Mixed groups. In Singapore, in the mature estates Chinese Chess … Continue reading

June 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Treasures of The Carpet Museum, Istanbul

No words .. Just photos.                                                                                                                                        … Continue reading

June 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

From the ‘Barren’ Sands of Rajasthan

From the desert sands of Rajasthan – often called ‘barren’ and ‘unproductive’. . . . . Barren? Well then how does one explain these? These amazing tribal works of art … Continue reading

June 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Life begins at the End of your Comfort Zone…

This timely advice was given to me by my daughter when I was choosing a travel destination. The other options were 2 places near Singapore – Bagan & Bali. But … Continue reading

June 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – Antique Chinese Embroidery

Antique Chinese Embroidery Cap Panel – roughly 7 inches tall. Click to view more images.     jm June 2015 Daily Art Fix – Antique Chinese Embroidery

June 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Ancient Mongolian Buddhist Script for Musical Sutras

A note from 2012 – reposted We have all heard of Do Re Mi as the format for musical notation. It is a language in which we express music. Another … Continue reading

June 11, 2015

Antique Buddhist Butter Art Pattern Manuscript – Mongolia

As I open the packet of manuscript folios from Mongolia, the scent of the monastery infused into the centuries-old paper hits me before the vision does. Manuscripts, most often contain … Continue reading

June 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

One Textile – Many Motifs

As I obsess over this gorgeous Kilim I am noticing more & more of its virtues that make me love it even more. Here I’m sharing some of the pictures … Continue reading

June 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Woven into the Household – Literally. Central Asian Tent Bands

The fact that fabrics are necessary in our lives is stating the obvious. Textiles are an integrated element in our households. But some are decorated – to the extent that … Continue reading

June 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Book of the Month – June 2015

This landmark book on the subject is now on its way to me. Cannot wait to read it!

June 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Learning Resource – Jain Art

A good starting point on Jain Art http://www.vam.ac.uk/page/j/jainism/ jm June 2015 Learning Resource – Jain Art

June 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Yoga

In the days when we did not have any fancy Yoga classes….we had THIS WIllpower Testing? Mental Prowess? Phyiscal Endurance? Nirvana? jm June 2015 (photos from the net – no … Continue reading

June 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Fragments and other Dilemmas

In my early collecting years, I came across several collectors who would happily buy fragments and enjoy their beauty. Fragments are textiles that were damaged enough to strip them off … Continue reading

June 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Wild Child – Soul of a Kilim

First steps in the world of Kilims. I don’t know the rules. I don’t know what to look for. I have no books. And I have no museums to learn … Continue reading

June 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

External Article: Art Market & Money Laundering

A must read for everyone that is innocently thinks that the extreme prices attained at art auctions are actually about the “art”. The paintings themselves might appeal to no one … Continue reading

June 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Sunwash for the Wool Artworks

Flooding them with rays of the complete solar spectrum including ultraviolet & infrared spectrum that the micro-residents of wool-land finf fatal! Today it is  the turn of the beloved old … Continue reading

June 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Art from another world – Kilims of Anatolia

As I look forward to finding new things to cover the walls and floors – textiles that I could “use” in rugged conditions – my eyes are stopping at kilims. … Continue reading

June 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Textiles in Antique Paintings

This depicts Description: Woodblock print nishiki-e, ôban format. Framed.Signed: Utamaro hitsu. Publisher: Wakasaya Yoichi (Jakurindô). Only several prints are known from this series “Twelve forms of women’s handiwork”, such as … Continue reading

May 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

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