The Wovensouls Journal

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

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 · 1 Comment

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 · 1 Comment

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

Transport in the Olden Days

I have not travelled in ANY of these! Or even SEEN any in use! 1. A hand-pushed Rickshaw 2. A rough Palkhi 3. A Palkhi 4. A Bullock with wheels? … Continue reading

March 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Equal Rights for Men – Wedding Textiles of a Rabari Groom!

Over the years, my friends and I have lamented over the lack of variety in the clothes we bought for our sons. Those of us fortunate to have daughters were … Continue reading

March 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Mrityor Ma Amritam Gamaya – Immortal Mr. Lee Kuan Yew

asato ma sat gamaya tamaso ma jyotir gamaya mrityorma amritam gamaya In the moment of untruth let me see the truth In the moment of  darkness let me see light, … Continue reading

March 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Going Solo Again

Another speaking assignment – another fantastic cruise ship and a whole lot of new places waiting to be seen! A month ago I was in the Andaman Seas – stopping … Continue reading

March 23, 2015 · 3 Comments

A Woman’s Love – Gangaur Festival, Rajasthan

There are a thousand tests of a woman’s love for her man. One is the Gangaur festival – where out of love, a woman fasts for her husband and then … Continue reading

March 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Rich Bow to the Poor – Images of Myanmar

The rich bow to the poor as they donate money to the monks in Myanmar. There is no attitude of arrogance or of self-indulgent generosity. They rich bow to the … Continue reading

March 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Palindrome Embroidery – Textile Art from the Past

An article on Double Sided Embroidery from the North-West Indian Subcontinent. [click to view the PDF] PALINDROME EMBROIDERY MASTERPIECES – TEXTILE ART FROM THE PAST The pieces shown in the … Continue reading

March 19, 2015 · 1 Comment

Photographing the Spirit

The Difficulty of capturing the spirit of glossy Silk in a photograph

March 18, 2015 · 1 Comment

Burning Ghats – May the Soul Rest in Peace

Death – a subject no one likes to talk about even though it is the only certainty and MUST be dealt with. So I will not talk about it here. … Continue reading

March 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Art with a Message – Balinese Painting

So many messages – so much to interpret. In these paintings it is clearly known that there is a message being communicated. The Art is secondary – the message is … Continue reading

March 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Born Free ……A Group of 4 Textiles with a Wild Spirit!

Born free, as free as the wind blows As free as the grass grows Born free to follow your heart Live free and beauty surrounds you The world still astounds … Continue reading

March 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – Home Decor 6

An idea for decorating walls with Textile Art Framed Antique Patan Patola Sari as wall decor. View the Textile Artwork on Wovensouls wall decor, office decor, corporate decor, interiors, interior … Continue reading

March 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Naga Shells – Nocte Naga Portrait

Portrait of a Nocet Naga girl with traditional costume

March 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Purpose of Life

“For the mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for. Without a concrete idea of what he is living for, man … Continue reading

March 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Tribal Motifs from Rajasthan – Fusion of Logical Geometry & Art

I love the simplicity of thought! View the complete shawls here jm Mar 2015

March 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Banjara Pot Cushion from Odisha

Art from Daily Life among the Banjaras from Odisha.

March 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

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