Wovensouls Journal

NOTES ON TRADITIONAL ARTS AND VANISHING CULTURES OF ASIA

Unparalleled Art in Architecture – Havelis of Jaisalmer

The unparalleled art in the architecture seen in the Havelis of Jaisalmer mesmerizes and leaves the visitor speechless. The spell cast by the beauty of the walls built with stone … Continue reading

April 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

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 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Scent of a Textile

It is easy to be struck by the beauty of the Textile visually. But sometimes the stimulation extends to realms beyond the visual. Today I received an antique shawl from … Continue reading

March 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

18th Century Carpet Weights – Mehrangarh Fort Museum, Jodhpur

An accessory for an accessory! Even though I collected carpets for a few years – I had never come across this category of objects in any books or in any … Continue reading

March 26, 2014 · 1 Comment

Introducing The Swat & Kohistan Textiles Collection on Wovensouls.com

Introducing a small collection of textiles from a culture that is literally being extinguished by war. The silk embroidery of these textiles is as fine and delicate as their living … Continue reading

March 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Craft of the Kalamkari of South India

Kalamkari – literally meaning ‘pen craft’ [ Kalam = pen in Urdu]  involving painting and printing on cloth with natural dyes. Styles of Kalamkari Art The art is an ancient … Continue reading

March 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Dilemma of Fragments

Age destroys many materials. Textiles succumb. They fade, they see wear and tear through usage, their dyes eat into the cloth slowly over time, and direct light exposure takes the … Continue reading

February 17, 2014 · 1 Comment

Moved to another loving home

  Souls that stole our hearts the moment we set eyes upon them, souls that bind us to them with attachment, souls that gave us years of enjoyment and delight, … Continue reading

February 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

A delightful day with a Textile Connoisseur

Textile collectors are few. And so when there is an opportunity to meet up, it is always a pleasure. And when the other collector is a connoisseur and a Guru, … Continue reading

February 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

Antique Paintings on Mica

I was incredulous when I saw these for the first time! Why would anyone create a work of art on something so fragile? It seems that paper was more expensive … Continue reading

February 12, 2014 · 3 Comments

Puri Pattachitra – Art from the Past – Addendum

The Puri Pattachitra has delighted me once again! Presenting another work of art from Orissa, depicting the Jagannath temple of Puri. The pictures – taken on my iphone in a … Continue reading

February 10, 2014 · 1 Comment

Art in Jain Cosmology – Painting of Loknar or Lok Purush

Every religion has its own set of beliefs but few have their beliefs manifested prolifically in art forms as Jainism (& Buddhism). Conveying the philosophy is paintings and drawings on … Continue reading

February 7, 2014 · 2 Comments

An evening of learning with a Guru : Shri Jagdish Mittal

A few years ago, when I acquired some old paintings that I knew nothing about but loved enough to acquire, I was directed to speak with Shri Jagdish Mittal from … Continue reading

January 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Appeal of Art – What and Why

This answer is different for each of us. My answers is here: The type of art that appeals to me has revealed itself to me over the years. Across the … Continue reading

January 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Want to see Indian Art? Go to London!

My desire to travel and explore cultures and cultural stories all ultimately lead me to India and South Asia. The wealth and diversity of cultures and living traditions is matchless. … Continue reading

December 27, 2013 · 2 Comments

The Art of Kantha Embroidery

Kantha is a traditional art from Eastern India.  Old pieces of textiles – usually worn out saris and dhotis (usually made of mulmul or thin cotton cloth) were layered and … Continue reading

December 22, 2013 · 3 Comments

Mystical Gold Ornaments from the past

When I look at some  of the ornaments from the past, they leave me awestruck! The art & craft within them is doubtlessly stunning. But beyond that, there is an … Continue reading

November 19, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Enigmatic Ceremonial Weavings from Sumatra

The beginning of my latest article published on Jozan.net: 1. INTRODUCTION Weaving of ceremonial cloths ceased in Lampung, Sumatra at the end of the 19th century. This phenomenon of the … Continue reading

November 9, 2013 · 4 Comments

Home Interior Wall Decor Ideas

Wall Decor Ideas with a Difference – Framed Textiles:   FRAMED ANTIQUE BHUTAN KERA (RIGHT) & VINTAGE BHUTAN KERA (LEFT) jm Nov 2013  

November 3, 2013 · 2 Comments

Costume & Jewelry Culture of the Dard Aryan People, Himalayas

It seems to me that all Himalayan cultures have spectacular costumes! One that stands out as distinct and unique is the Dard ethnic group in NorthWest India. Spread over a … Continue reading

October 28, 2013 · 2 Comments

Puri Pattachitra Painting from the Past

    This style of painting that has a subject focus of the temple of Lord Jagannath at Puri, India, is now extinct unfortunately.   These are two old paintings … Continue reading

October 7, 2013 · 2 Comments

FANTASTIC BAWAN BAGH PHULKARI – A WEDDING TEXTILE

A Bagh (phulkari) textile with 52 motifs created by the family as a canopy for the bride. Created by reverse embroidery!! Precision AND creativity! Art AND craft!! All while working … Continue reading

October 7, 2013 · 4 Comments

Turquoise Art – The Blue Veil of Ladakh

An unusual Museum Quality Perak headdress from the Purang / Burang region. Authentic heirloom peraks are extreme,y rare now and among Peraks Purang Peraks are the rarest to find. The … Continue reading

September 23, 2013 · 2 Comments

The Fantastic Skeypuk Jewelry of Himalayan Interiors

The mystery of how coral got to the Himalayas has many explanations yet the mind continues to meander into the past seeking confirmations. While the mind continues to thirst for … Continue reading

September 16, 2013 · 1 Comment

Unusual Architecture of Tamdi Surla Temple

Deep within the forested areas of Goa lies a stone temple which seems to have unusual architecture. A few pictures A little known wonder hidden in Goa. Jm Aug 2013

September 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

Handsome Turbans of Western India

A few photos from my old travel albums   The complete album with full size images may be viewed at WOVENSOULS.COM jm Aug 2013

September 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Artistic Mughal Architecture

A mini photo-article while I travel. Spellbinding Mughal Art View all the images (in full size) on the parent website WOVENSOULS.COM jm Aug 2013

September 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Spectacular Architecture of Nepal

Am posting mini articles while I travel – these minis are mainly photos taken on previus travels. See all the images  in full size on the parent website WOVENSOULS.COM jm … Continue reading

September 2, 2013 · 1 Comment

Magnificent Lucknow Architecture

Am posting mini articles while I travel – these minis are mainly photos taken on previus travels.   More pr images available on the parent website WOVENSOULS.COM jm Aug 2013 … Continue reading

August 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Large Textile Art Installations from the Buddhist World

Just a few photos from my past travels. Tashiding Sikkim More pro images may be viewed on WOVENSOULS.COM jm Aug 2013

August 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Buddhist Stupa Art from Sikkim India

Just a few mini photo-articles while I travel Sikkim, India More pro images on WOVENSOULS.com jm Aug 2013

August 27, 2013 · 1 Comment

Stone Art from the Past

Amazing stone art from a few centuries ago. Pics above and below from Kathmandu Pics below from Guwahati While tastes and lifestyles change over the eras, these forms of art … Continue reading

August 26, 2013 · 2 Comments

Folk Art – Food for the Soul

Folk art is mostly unsung art. It does not fetch millions of dollars. But  it is likely that as a category taken together,  it warms a greater number of hearts, … Continue reading

August 25, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Sacred Art of Mata Ni Pachedi

An article published on Jozan.net on Aug 21st, 2013. Please click below to view the article. The Sacred Art of Mata Ni Pachedi jm Aug 21, 2013

August 22, 2013 · 1 Comment

Nomadic Weaving Wonders

When I first stepped into the world of textiles, I was enticed by the art that needed the heavy support of the craft. The more pieces I saw from various … Continue reading

August 16, 2013 · 3 Comments

Art in Persian Rugs

A decade ago I worked with young children and found a pair of children whose drawings always left an impression. The first child had remarkable ideas and the concept contained … Continue reading

August 15, 2013 · 4 Comments

Art in Antique Hookah Shisha Pipes

My children are surprised to learn that Hookah and Shisha is not a discovery of their generation! That generation (and every other before it) of young people believes that every … Continue reading

August 15, 2013 · 1 Comment

Death by Beauty

Years ago Somerset Maugham wrote of this in his short stories. Of  an Englishman who had loved the beauty of Denpasar so much that he settled down there. On a … Continue reading

August 7, 2013 · 1 Comment

Pearls in Tibet’s past – The elaborate Headdresses of Tibetan Noblewomen

My first exposure to Tibet was in 2007 when I took my second solo trip. The trip through Tibet’s rural hinterland to the Everest base camp, through Xigatse and Gyantse … Continue reading

August 1, 2013 · 5 Comments

Discovering Pearls

The Pearl is not new to most of us. I got to know the pearl as a child, watching others wear them and through the many ‘plastic’ pearl chains  acquired … Continue reading

July 31, 2013 · 1 Comment

Dowry of A Mother’s Love – The Bagh Textile of Punjab

THE DOWRY A young girl leaves her home to join another family of which she knows very little. She has spent her childhood and early youth sheltered within the large … Continue reading

July 28, 2013 · 4 Comments

Adornments beyond compare – Tribal Jewelry of Nagaland

Even though the young & the rich get allured into buying gems and jewelry  by big brands that add very little value by stamping a brand name on it and … Continue reading

July 25, 2013 · 3 Comments

Textile Art of Gujarat

I grew up in the Gujarati community of traders. A community in which the critical success factor is ‘data mining’ within the community. Fathers, father’s brothers, mother’s brothers, neighbourhood elders, … Continue reading

July 25, 2013 · 3 Comments

The Indo Persian Mughal Shield – Art & Soul from the Past

A chance visit to an old town. A chance visit to an old neglected antique shop. A chance look at the walls in the back room. And an acquisition that … Continue reading

July 24, 2013 · 1 Comment

Antique Persian Afshar Bird Rug – what was she thinking?

Woven by tribal women, during the course of their day, after taking care of their household and their family, this category of Persian rugs  is a source of stimulation. So … Continue reading

July 23, 2013 · 4 Comments

The Konark Sun Temple – Celebration of Life

  “Except for life there is no other God…” Imagine a temple built to worship life, a temple built to joyously celebrate life itself, this temple would look like the … Continue reading

July 6, 2013 · 3 Comments

The story of the Pattua Painting of Bengal in the Wovensouls Collection

A few months ago, I spotted a piece of vintage folk art and without knowing quite what it was, I acquired it. It was a scroll, about 1 foot wide … Continue reading

June 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Ankle Jewelry or Payal or Jhanjhar Traditions of Asia

All the assets in this article are a part of the WOVENSOULS collection and additional details of each asset may be viewed here on WovenSouls.com . Payal … a piece … Continue reading

June 22, 2013 · 4 Comments

Wall Art of Rural Rajasthan

Dedicated to those mistaken souls for whom ‘rural’ implies ‘poor’  or ‘undeveloped’ or ‘in-need-of-upliftment’. May the following pictures give them reason to modify their beliefs. Following are pictures of a … Continue reading

May 29, 2013 · 10 Comments

Architectural Art – ChiangMai Outskirts

No words. Just pictures. Of impressive architecture. From the present & from the past.  Temples that are alive with deities & worshippers and a 17th century city in ruins. ChiangMai … Continue reading

May 28, 2013 · 2 Comments

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