The Wovensouls Journal

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

Auctions of Interest – Bonhams June 9, 2015

Islamic & Indian Art June 9, 2015 Offering a treasure-filled catalogue that made me stop at several lots of paintings, manuscripts and objects  – a deeper look is bound to … Continue reading

May 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

External Article – The Bon Dongba Hieroglyphic Language of Tibet

An article about the this unique script with Dongba symbols that are an ancient system of pictographic glyphs created by the founder of the Bön religious tradition of Tibet and … Continue reading

May 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

External Article – Exploring the History of Africans in India through Paintings

A superb note exploring paintings and documents that reveal the presence of Africans in India over the centuries: Read it here jm May 2015 External Article – Exploring the History … Continue reading

May 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Book worth exploring ….

“Peonies and Pagodas Embroidered Parsi Textiles” This book seems interesting… jm May 2015

May 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – Persian Manuscript Covers

PAIR OF ANCIENT PERSIAN PAINTED MANUSCRIPT BOOK COVER BINDINGS – LACQUERED PAPIER MACHE See more pictures here

May 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Let’s weave with Silver today…. DAILY ART FIX

“Am tired of weaving with textile fibers – let’s weave with silver bits instead …” These might easily have been the words that led to the creation of this stunning … Continue reading

May 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Media Coverage – Spring 2015

The Leela Magazine – the in-house publication of the luxury hotel group “The Leela”  in India – explored the views of a few collectors of Indian Textiles. It is wonderful … Continue reading

May 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – Gorgeous Thirma Bagh 

  Who could have guessed that the base of the silk-floss embroidered wedding cloth from Punjab is white!! From the wovensouls collection. May 2015

May 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – Dance of the Peacock

An amazing animal ornament in silver! See more pictures of this piece from the wovensouls collection here. jm May 2015

May 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Music of the Desert

The Setting: An abandoned village in ruins – Kuldhara* in the desert outside Jaisalmer. An old man sits alone guard. Maybe he see the mirage of memories attached to this … Continue reading

May 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Beaded Threads – Textile Artworks of Vietnam

Just pictures of very unique & complex beaded textiles made by the hilltribes of Vietnam. The beads have been woven into the textile while the cloth was still under construction … Continue reading

May 4, 2015 · 1 Comment

Vietnam Diaries

So close yet so far! Vietnam being just a short flight away – there is the feeling that I can go there anytime. And as a result I put it … Continue reading

May 4, 2015 · 1 Comment

Caving in Halong Bay – First Adventure

Well ‘almost’. Caving is the recreational pastime of exploring wild generally non-commercial cave systems. The beautiful Halong Bay in Vietnam with its 2000 towering limestone islands and islets offered me … Continue reading

May 4, 2015 · 4 Comments

Daily Art Fix – Tile Art

Art in our surroundings: Somewhere in Chinatown, Singapore jm May 2015

May 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – Tribal Silver with Blue Green Enamel

from the wovensouls collection jm May 2015

May 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Across the Universe – A Bridge to the Other World

Each of us has wondered at some time or another about what happens when we die. Too many questions that have no answers. And then along come the religious bosses … Continue reading

May 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Strength to Nepal Earthquake Survivors

Love & strength to all Nepalis. :( Memories from a few years ago.   All these places are beautiful and it is sad that some of these did not survive. … Continue reading

April 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Charm of a Small Town – Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Until my ship sailed to Sihanoukville I did not even know that such a town existed. Cambodia is usually all about Angkor Wat and being the blind tourist that I … Continue reading

April 26, 2015 · 3 Comments

A Resting Place

Somewhere in Sikkim – a place of complete silence. What a desirable resting place that is! jm April 2015

April 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Purpose of Art

Welcome to WOVENSOULS.COM jm April 2015 The Purpose of Art

April 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Magic of Making Silk Fiber

Watching fine silk fibers being drawn out of a silkworm pupa is captivating & magical! If the world were to begin again, and no one knew about silk, would I … Continue reading

April 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

Book of the Month – April 2015

The last book I picked up – a world bestseller – did not hold my attention. I had to drop it half way. My teachers used to say we must … Continue reading

April 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Art of Spirituality

In my childhood I had heard my grandma say that there are four stages in one’s life a. The Stage of Bacherlorhood – a life of study, a life of … Continue reading

April 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Unexpected Dividends of Pleasure | A Unique Phulkari

Have you ever had something you liked but didn’t quite notice fully. And then one day, some details that you were blind earlier suddenly enter your consciousness and take your … Continue reading

April 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Wealth of South Asia – Sun, Sea & Islands

Some phenomena, try as we might, cannot be conveyed in words. They can only be experienced. Try as I might I cannot convey the taste of Pani Puri with words. … Continue reading

April 15, 2015 · 2 Comments

Daily Art Fix – Vintage Embroidery

Large rectangular panels on Khaddar cloth embroidered with hand spun cotton thread & silk floss on stenciled cloth. Gujarat India.

April 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Asia Travelogues Coming Soon

The Wealth of South Asia  – Islands, Sun & Sea Vietnam: Caving in Vietnam Vietnam:  Just what were you thinking? Guerilla Jungles & Tunnels Vietnam: The Tale of a Refugee … Continue reading

April 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Thai Paintings – Mediums of Mythology

  Art of art’s sake is the rage of the day! Paintings of red dots on orange backgrounds fetch 6 figure prices and no one really seems to know why! … Continue reading

April 14, 2015 · 2 Comments

Daily Art Fix – Dharaniyo from Gujarat

 

April 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Glimpse of Heaven | Antique Yao Paintings

Imagine a small community of two million people spread across a few thousand kilometers, living a life that straddles two radically different worlds – the life of their ancestors and … Continue reading

April 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

External Article – The Armenians of SIngapore

A wonderful article drawing attention to the fact that Singapore is a melting pot of cultures. Link jm April 2015

April 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

An old book on Bombay Place Names | About Mumbai Meri Jaan

A great online book about Mumbai for all Bombayphiles! Browsing through the book transported me back in to another point in time & place. It reminded me of my days … Continue reading

April 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Doubt & Hope | The Saga of Antique Yao Paintings

Ever had the dreaded feeling that some precious thing was lost forever? I’d been living with that feeling for over a year now! After the ‘Vanishing Cultures’ Exhibition [click to … Continue reading

April 9, 2015 · 4 Comments

Where the Head is Held High …| Naga Headdress

The Naga people are  proud of their heritage. With a hat and fashion sense like theirs, I would be too. It must be so easy to live Tagore’s words there: … Continue reading

April 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix : !850s Painting on Mica

The base material is fragile – yet some of these paintings have been preserved for over 150 years! Patronised by the imperial rulers – the East India Company – the … Continue reading

April 8, 2015 · 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 Myanmar, Marwar-Sindh Ladakh & Orissa, Kutch, … Continue reading

April 6, 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

April 6, 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

April 6, 2015 · 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

April 6, 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

April 6, 2015 · 2 Comments

Silken Bridges to Fairy Tale Dreams | Swat Pillow Cases

The valleys of Swat / Hazara and neighboring areas have faced incessant turmoil. Yet, or perhaps because of that turmoil, the human spirit looks inward and finds ways to create … Continue reading

April 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

50 Shades of Blue

Not actually 50 … but many many shades of blue. This post has nothing to do with culture or art. But in my pursuit of these two aspects of life, … Continue reading

April 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Temple Lies Locked

Many temples are run by trusts. Trusts that are made up of people. Sometimes people disagree. And fight. And over time, with the addition of ego and the passage of … Continue reading

April 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Rainbows to B&W

Just one look at the contrast between traditional costumes of tribes that are worn on festivals and their normal day-to-day clothes makes me think that our rainbows are turning Black … Continue reading

April 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Lines of Symphony – Textile Art

“My soul is a hidden orchestra; I know not what instruments, what fiddlestrings and harps, drums and tamboura I sound and clash inside myself. All I hear is the symphony.” … Continue reading

April 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Walk Alone – Ekla Cholo

Be not Afraid to Walk Alone “If no one answers your call, Then walk alone, (be not afraid) walk alone my friend  If no one talks to you, O my … Continue reading

April 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

To Choose or to Not Choose! Innovation in Swat Hazara Textiles

“Alice came to a fork in the road. ‘Which road do I take?’ she asked. ‘Where do you want to go?’ responded the Cheshire Cat. ‘I don’t know,’ Alice answered. … Continue reading

March 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

Triangles of Passion – A Special Textile

A Bagh textile with a thousand triangles – created with love and passion

March 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Love is Blind – Color-Blind | A Lesson in Love & Textile Art

When one studies and examines an object as often as one breathes, it is hard to be blind to its flaws. But yet, with a little insight & imagination, it … Continue reading

March 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

We all love a good story! – Street Photo – Lambani Gypsies

We all love a good story! We all love some details of other lives. This inherent trait of humans across cultures is probably one of the biggest advantages of the … Continue reading

March 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

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