The Wovensouls Journal


Controversial Clever Lines

A very clever little work. But this advice is certainly not appropriate for all. There are many many situations in which I would give such advice to my children. And … Continue reading

November 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Chasing a Faded Memory

  When I was little, to entertain me and to occupy me, my grandmother used to draw out a picture on a notebook or a scrap of paper and ask … Continue reading

November 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

DAILY ART FIX – Banjara Indhoni

Banjara Indhoni from Odisha! With cowrie shells all over! View more images of asset ATI-707 here on Banjara jm Nov 2015

November 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Art for Food!

Covering food with a piece of cloth in the pre-plastic / glass era, seems to be a natural solution to the problem of keeping food fresh / safe / clean. … Continue reading

November 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Emperor’s Robe of ‘Literacy’

They were called illiterate. Because those who decided this wrote with pen and paper wrote in characters and not pictures used a different script logic * had a qualitatively different … Continue reading

November 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Motif & Meaning – Caravans & Herders

More textiles, more meaning! Here are some created by a Bishnoi group from Rajasthan India. These motifs that tell us about their lives through their portrayal of the cultural elements … Continue reading

November 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Textile Artworks At Esplanade Singapore

Spreading the joy of textile art through wonderful client partnerships! Recently Esplanade Theatres commissioned me to curate folk textile artworks from India. These magnificent pieces – Phads of Rajasthan and … Continue reading

November 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Indian Art @ Esplanade Singapore

The Kala Utsavam Festival @ Esplanade that we have provided large Textile Art for! Come get inspired by Textile Art! COMING UP THIS WEEKEND: TALK: “Textile Traditions of India” Nov … Continue reading

November 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

DAILY ART FIX – Textiles for Animals

Photograph of Silver Carriage for Rajput Women, Princely state of Baroda, 1895. !!!  

November 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Best Exotic Waziri Shawl!

  So much joy to be found in Art!! I have called it the ‘best’ – because it is the best that I have ever seen. If there are better … Continue reading

November 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

INVITATION – Antique Indian Textile Art @ The Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, Singapore

BAZAR: SAT & SUN 21st, 22nd, 28th, 29th November 4pm-8pm A mini-exhibition will showcase some textile masterpieces from the past. Some pieces from the wovensouls collection will also be available … Continue reading

November 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Narakasur again

Driving back to my home in Goa last night, I saw many fully constructed Narakasurs along the way home. Saw many groups of children stopping cars for donations…. But regrettably … Continue reading

November 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Shared Festivals across the Border

Is it any surprise that India and China have festivals that are somilar in manisfestation?  Compare the Lantern festival to Diwali.     Lanterns for Diwali or the Mid-Autumn Festival?  Compare the … Continue reading

November 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Another Vaishnav Textile!

Here is a magnificent fragment from Nepal with scenes from the Ramayan. From the Met Museum collection . Nov 2015

November 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Beauty is Ageless

“Beauty begets beauty” Timeless beauty from Gujarat creating more timeless beauty.

November 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Twin from the Past

So here is a photograph that I took in 2008 of a structure in  Agra. Here’s a Black & White rendition of the image Imagine my surprise when I found … Continue reading

November 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Mochi or Cobbler Embroidery of Gujarat

Anyone who knows Gujarati or Hindi knows that Mochi means a cobbler. So when I first heard my dealer say that a category of very fine embroidery is known as … Continue reading

November 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Textile Art Events @ The Esplanade, Singapore

1. Large Displays of Indian Textile Art View two magnificent large Phad paintings and two large mesmerising mirrorwork Dhaniyo artworks from Gujarat displayed in the Foyer. Nov 9th – Nov … Continue reading

November 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Superfine Embroidery of Awadh – Chikan Kari

Another superb article on Chikan embroidery of Lucknow. Link to the Article Nov 2015

November 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Embroidered Door Curtains of Morocco

Moroccan Door Curtains of the 19th Century – Art in daily living! Until an hour ago, I did not know such things existed! And to think that some of the … Continue reading

November 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Exhibition: Buddhist Art of India

New exhibition – ‘Buddhist Art of India’ in collaboration with Indian Museum, Kolkata. 30th Oct 2015 – 30th Nov 2015 National Museum, New Delhi

October 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

The honor of meeting Padma Shri Award Winner – Shri Shreelal Joshi

A trip to Bhilwara Rajasthan. Singapore – Mumbai by air. Mumbai to Udaipur by air. Udaipur to Bhilwara by road.  Cabs to the airport, airport waits, security checks, luggage hassles … Continue reading

October 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Journey to Assam along a ‘Vrindavani Vastra’

It is said that if you cross the Brahmaputra river once, you will return again to cross it a total of seven times. I’ve done 3 and as I try … Continue reading

October 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Jain Chopat from the National Museum – Cultural Background of the Art

A fantastic post on the Jain Chaupat – explaining the cultural significance of the textile. Click Here to read it. jm Oct 2015

October 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Save the Date: Talk on Textile Traditions of India @ Esplanade, Singapore

Save the Date! November 22nd, 2015 Click to view more details:

October 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Chamba Rumal – The Art of Double Sided Embroidery from Himachal

A superb article on Chamba Rumals – the native craft of the Chamba region of Himachal Pradesh in which the embroidery is done with the ‘do-rukha’ [double-facing] stitch that results … Continue reading

October 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – A Thousand Silent Bells

Heavy Silent Jhanjhar from Maharashtra, Early 1900s The latest addition to the Wovensouls collection Read more about Payal Traditions here. jm Oct 2015.

October 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – A Necklace of Thorns

“But he who dares not grasp the thorn Should never crave the rose.” ― Anne Brontë Heavy Gold Necklace modelled on the Gokhru herb of Rajasthan jm October 2015

October 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Save the Best for Last – One more Palindrome-Embroidery Textile

The last addition to my Palindrome Embroidery collection is indeed the best of them all – mainly because of the outstanding color – the deep madder is so magnetic I … Continue reading

October 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Melted-wax Art – Javanese Batik

Exploring the art of Javanese Batik

October 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

For Interior Decor Specialists & Art Consultants

Funded by passion we work in the niche area of collecting & curating the art and the beauty of the Vanishing Cultures of Asia. Their timeless beauty has the potential … Continue reading

September 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Made for Each Other – A Handsome Turban for a Handsome man

\\ A guest at a Rabari Wedding wearing a handmade turban. jm Sep 2015

September 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Mathematics Lessons or Works of Textile Art?

MATH & ART The subjects of math and art are perceived to be orthogonal and mutually exclusive. The left brain-right brain theorists have us believe that in general, an individual … Continue reading

September 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

External Article: Tadjik Bridal Veils

A link to a nice article LINK SEP 2015

September 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

DAILY ART FIX – Old Banjara Pouch

  Old Pouch Gabchi with fine embroidery and applique work from the Banjara tribe, South India

September 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – Ajrakh Hand Block Print


September 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Karthika Audinet on “Two Great Textile Traditions of Southern India,” Part 1, The Lecture

Originally posted on R. John Howe: Textiles and Text:
On Saturday, April 18, 2015, textile designer, educator, and entrepreneur, Karthika Audinet gave a Rug and Textile Appreciation Morning program highlighting…

August 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Lost in the Maze – A Bhool Bhullaiyya Maze Phulkari Bagh

A rare pattern – the Bhool Bhullaiyya – or Maze. I look forward to finding out why such a pattern came to be – what was the reason to create … Continue reading

August 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – Dhingli motif in Kutch Shawls

A ‘dhingli’ (doll) motif that symbolises a term of endearment for the girl-child  from a vintage cotton Odhana textile from the wovensouls collection. Aug 2015

August 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Ceremonial Costume of Kuba Royalty

Extravagant is the only word to describe the complete costume worn by the King! “The outfit is made out of material stitched with beads and “cauris” (small shells used an … Continue reading

August 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Dealer would have been happy …

When some piece sells a dealer would be happy. When this fantastic tribal weaving (stole) sold, I felt pangs of separation anxiety. When the buyer wrote to say that he … Continue reading

August 22, 2015 · 2 Comments


An article by Jaina Mishra in Hali Summer 2015 issue.

August 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

The ASTITVA Project – Rescuing Textile Traditions

ASTITVA = IDENTITY. This project intends to rescue at-risk textile traditions among vanishing cultures in India.

August 3, 2015 · 6 Comments


. As a result of some security issues that have emerged recently, the galleries dedicated to each asset now require a password. The collections can still be viewed directly. To … Continue reading

July 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Recent Arrivals – A Bawan Bagh joins The Wovensouls Collection

A Rare Bawan Bagh Phulkari Textile jm July 2015

July 29, 2015 · 2 Comments

NEWS: A Prestigious Textile Artwork Installation ….

So excited to be working on this! Projects like these will put these wonderful traditional textiles in the spotlight and perhaps make a small difference in delaying the extinction of … Continue reading

July 27, 2015 · 2 Comments

Dowry Bags & Purses

A link to the Dowry Bags & Purses of Gujarat, India. jm July 2015

July 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Textile Event Calendar 2015

Jozan has put together a comprehensive event calendar for mainly Rug enthusiasts but these events usually hold some interesting items for textile lovers too! Link to the Jozan Calendar july … Continue reading

July 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Art in Architecture – The Magnificent Blue Mosque of Istanbul

The Sultan Ahmet Mosque or Blue Mosque is stunning not only because of the Blue tiled interiors that give it its other name, but also because of the dome structure … Continue reading

July 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Interesting Istanbul 2 – The Shoe Shine Men

Just outside the Topkapi Palace…. A shoe shine man with a glamorous set up! This was not just a scene of a service provider and a customer. It was a … Continue reading

July 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

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