The Wovensouls Journal

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

WOVENSOULS.COM Website Update

. 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 · Leave a comment

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 · 1 Comment

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

External Article – Ajanta Cave Murals

An article by William Dalrymple on the magnificent murals  inside the 31 caves of Ajanta, India, created between the 1st / 2nd century B.C. and 5th century AD. Click here … Continue reading

July 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Gates of Heaven – The Darshan Dwar Phulkari Embroidery Textile

Devotional Textiles – Phulkari Baghs of Punjab

July 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Rajasthan Tribal Costume

Regular Costume of a woman from Rajasthan belonging to the Garasia tribe – one of the numerous tribes in Rajasthan. Am wondering how many of us can carry off that … Continue reading

July 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Interesting Istanbul 1 – Artistic Locks

After hearing a story of my friend’s credit cards being stolen from the overhead compartment on a flight on one of the world’s best airlines, I have begun using locks … Continue reading

July 7, 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 as I explore the traditional art … Continue reading

July 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

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

July 7, 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

July 7, 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

July 7, 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

July 7, 2015 · 2 Comments

Finding Purpose

Let us pray to the Gods of Probability that the opportunities that come our way, come at the right timing in our lives, and that we have the wisdom to … Continue reading

July 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Story of Shadda Weavings

A link to a superb external article about an attractive textile category – Shadda flatweaves. Click Here Can imagine falling asleep totally intoxicated in its beauty using one of these … Continue reading

July 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Fresh Perspective

A Japanese Perspective…

July 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – Kinnaur Weaving

Click to view more images of this recently woven shawl from Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh, India. Daily Art Fix – Kinnaur Weaving July 2015 textile art, himachal weaving, himachal textile, India … Continue reading

July 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Karakalpak Motifs – Art in Geometry

              Sometimes it is enough to just enjoy the visual without knowing the meaning… View the complete piece and other images here on wovensouls,com … Continue reading

July 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Who Knew! Forts of Maharashtra

Who knew that Maharashtra had over 75 forts!! Seventy Five!!!   And who knew that there are nearly 200 groups that organise trekking & hiking day / overnight tours to … Continue reading

July 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

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. antique Indian textiles, antique Indian shawl, antique textiles, antique textiles company, handmade Indian textiles, Indian … Continue reading

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

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

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