The Wovensouls Journal


Let’s play with Elephants Today! – A Fairy Tale in a Textile!

“Let’s play with our elephants today” said one little girl to another. And the birds joined them at play on their unicycles made of flowers! But one little bird felt … Continue reading

March 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Book Recommendation – March 2015: Baby Carriers

A link to an online book published by the Taiwan Government. The text is not in English but there is material that we all understand – the images. The link … Continue reading

March 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Wild Lines | Textile Art Drawings

To create art – one must have great imagination & visualisation skills. To create a visual that is wildly different from everything else that existed earlier using basic lines is … Continue reading

February 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Anarchy & Chaos in a Tribal Textile!

Most traditional textiles seem to follow the patterns that are unique to their tribe. These patterns probably began with some seed of an idea and then evolved over generations to … Continue reading

February 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Yellow to Warm the Heart

A beautiful bag with beautiful colors found in an unexpected little shop! Getting a thorough Solar-cleansing in Goa’s hot sunshine! The back that tells the experts where this was woven. … Continue reading

February 26, 2015 · 2 Comments

Buds of Gold

Kerala, Early 19th century Large Jai Buds Necklace that drapes the shoulders, Gold & Rubies. From the unpublished gold collection. view other pieces here. jm feb 2015

February 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Money can buy Happiness #1

This video inspired me. Please watch it before reading ahead. And I decided to follow this example. Today as I left the Calangute Panchayat office after struggling with some electricity-related … Continue reading

February 25, 2015 · 2 Comments

Daily Art Fix – Chamba Rumaal with Ramayana Scenes – MET museum collection

18th Century Rumal with Scenes from the Ramayana

February 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Culture & Art Photos – Image Library @ WOVENSOULS.COM

Charity Sale of CULTURE & ART IMAGES for a cause! High Resolution Images of Traditional Art & Culture from over a dozen locations in Asia, including Myanmar, Thailand & North … Continue reading

February 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

One more Dream Mansion – Penang

Earlier on a trip to Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, I saw a house that I could so easily live in – Patwaon ki Haveli. A house that – in itself is such … Continue reading

February 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Colonial Ceramic Art – Floor Tiles in Penang

Even the floor beneath our feet can please our souls!         The Colonial influence – primarily Dutch & Portugese in these parts that is seen in Goa … Continue reading

February 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Walk through Penang

Well – not exactly a walk! I rode through Penang in a cycle rickshaw. Driven around by the most entertaining & the most spirited driver I have ever met – … Continue reading

February 17, 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

February 16, 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

February 16, 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

February 16, 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

February 16, 2015 · Leave a comment


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

February 16, 2015 · 2 Comments

A Valentine’s Motif in Textile Art

KISS OF TWO HEARTS motif in textile art for Valentine’s Day! From the magnificent antique Turban from the Swat Valley Celebrate! View the Swat Valley Gallery on here. jm … Continue reading

February 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Day or rather Quote of My Life!

“Yeh world hai na world, is mein do tarah ke log hote hai … ek joh saari zindagi ek hi kaam karte rehte hai … aur doosre joh ek hi … Continue reading

February 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Sea Shell Museum – Viewing the world through the Awe of Another!

Picking up shells along the beach is something we all do. Every shell is unique and they fascinate all of us at least for a few moments. And then we … Continue reading

February 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Glimpse of Purity at Wat Chalong

  This important Buddhist temple in Phuket became far more important when a relic of Gautam Buddha – a bone fragment – was installed in the temple in 2009. On … Continue reading

February 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Shedding Draupadi’s Sari before the Ocean

Yes – these are the true colors of the ocean in Phi Phi island, near Phuket Thailand. Yes I am extremely fortunate to have seen such waters several times in … Continue reading

February 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

EXHIBITION: Textile Museum of Canada: Children’s Hats and Clothing from China

“One of the most eloquent textile expressions of China is the embroidery undertaken for the delight and protection of children. This exhibition draws from one of the largest and earliest … Continue reading

February 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Amazing Invisible Warps in the Tribal Textiles of Myanmar!

In trying to understand the tribal weavings of Myanmar, I am reading some notes on the technicalities of weaving. The material that I find on the internet is a complex … Continue reading

February 10, 2015 · 1 Comment

Textile Art of Myanmar – Weaving in SOHO

I read on the net that “SOHO stands for Small Office, Home Office. It is a hybrid apartment for residential and commercial purposes and allows people to work and live … Continue reading

February 10, 2015 · 1 Comment

Daily Art Fix – Huqqa Mat – MET Museum

  Huqqa Mat ca. 1800 from the MET museum Click above to view the MET website

February 9, 2015 · Leave a comment


Announcing THE Sale at Wovensouls! This is the time for a hard decisions and though I love them all some pieces must leave me as the shelves are overflowing! And … Continue reading

February 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Book Recommendation of the Month – February 2015

This covers the authors own experiences and also summarises the interesting notes of 19th and early 20th century travelers who explored Afghanistan, Mongolia, Arabia and a few more places. Several … Continue reading

February 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – Antique Tribal Textiles of Borneo

Presenting as Eye Candy – Tribal Textiles from several of the Dayak people of Borneo: ATB-205 ANTIQUE TRIBAL TEXTILE – IBAN BEADED SKIRT Click to get a larger dose of … Continue reading

February 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Earning Karma at Kyakhatwine Monastery in Bago, Myanmar

This doctrine of Karma, a fundamental pillar of Buddhist ideology, asserts that all individuals are responsible for their past and present actions and conversely what we are today is a … Continue reading

February 5, 2015 · 1 Comment

Myanmar Diaries

A few notes on the culture & art of Myanmar (Burma) experienced first-hand.

February 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Auspicious Lion Dance of Myanmar

An auspicious ritual followed by the Chinese settled all over the world, is to perform the traditional Lion Dance. Danced to the rhythm of large drums, this dance is performed … Continue reading

February 5, 2015 · 2 Comments


In my travels, in the course of my hunt for old textiles, I come across beautiful contemporary traditional textiles as well, some of them hard to resist. And I’d buy … Continue reading

February 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Golden Shwedagon Pagoda of Yangon

No words … just photos of a place offering shade to the body & spirit in the heat of Myanmar. The grandeur of the architecture matches the depth of devotion … Continue reading

February 5, 2015 · 2 Comments

Landscapes of Rural Myanmar

Myanmar is known by its fantastic architecture seen in the Golden Pagodas in the various cities. But equally beautiful are the serene landscapes of rural Myanmar. The simple life, the … Continue reading

February 4, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Reject Files | V&A blog link

A link to a blog article by Rosemary Crill featuring pieces that V&A museum will NOT be showing in the upcoming Fabric of India exhibition this fall. Even the … Continue reading

February 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Street Culture of Myanmar – a Photo Travelogue

A town’s pulse may be felt in its markets – markets in which the locals shop. Traders big and small, the wares they offer, the way these are displayed, their … Continue reading

February 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Tears in Taukkyan – War Memorial in Myanmar

IN CONTINUATION OF ANOTHER NOTE – “TEARS IN KOHIMA” Another stark reminder of lives lost in exchange for land – the Taukkyan War Memorial in Mingaladon, Myanmar. No matter how … Continue reading

February 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Coming soon….travelogues from Burma & beyond

Articles on Phuket Buddhist Ideology – Relics at Wat Chalong Phuket – The Sea Shell Museum Phuket – Snorkeling Penang in a Cycle Rickshaw with Chigo! And my personal ruminations … Continue reading

February 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Luxury on a Cruise Ship – Cakes & Ale

There are many deemed luxuries on cruise ships – the 5-star living, the facilities, the decor and the amazing variety of food, the 5-star service people and so on. But … Continue reading

February 3, 2015 · 1 Comment

Daily Art Fix – Home Decor 5

An idea for decorating walls with Textile Art Framed Bhutan Kira (Vintage on the left & Antique on the right)   jm  

February 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Glimpse of Stunning Mizo Textiles – The Puanchei

Most are now woven on power looms but a few are still made on back-strap looms. The Puanchei: The Puan is the simple wrap-around skirt with a few colors and … Continue reading

January 26, 2015 · 1 Comment


‘Let me sail, let me sail, let the orinoco flow, Let me reach, let me beach On the shores of Tripoli. Let me sail, let me sail, Let me crash … Continue reading

January 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

DAILY ART FIX – Jain Victory Banner V&A museum

Year 1447 From Gujarat India jm Jan 2015

January 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Javanese Batik Wood Art

    Java. With a lifestyle culture that looked unique even in a short first glimpse. I visited Yogyakarta / Borobudur a few years ago. And in the short stop … Continue reading

January 17, 2015 · 1 Comment

Book of the Month – Jan 2015

A 248 page coffee table book with 243 good photographs! Happy reading! jm Jan 2015

January 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

DAILY ART FIX – Gujarat Embroidery


January 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Daggers in the Heart – Textile Art to die for!

The Ain-i Akbari manuscript, a part of the Akbarnama volumes written by Abu’l-Fazl in 1621 documents various weapons used in the Mughal era. Among the weapons described is the Jamdhar … Continue reading

January 12, 2015 · 2 Comments

My first lesson in Fine Art

Having never ventured into the world of fine art – modern or classic, I was tentative about the subject. What if I did not understand anything, what if I did … Continue reading

January 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

If truth be told….

Something for us collectors to mull over!! jm Jan 2015

January 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

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