The Wovensouls Journal


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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dowry Bags & Purses

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

July 12, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From the ‘Barren’ Sands of Rajasthan

From the desert sands of Rajasthan – often called ‘barren’ and ‘unproductive’. . . . . Barren? Well then how does one explain these? These amazing tribal works of art … Continue reading

June 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Ancient Mongolian Buddhist Script for Musical Sutras

A note from 2012 – reposted We have all heard of Do Re Mi as the format for musical notation. It is a language in which we express music. Another … Continue reading

June 11, 2015

Antique Buddhist Butter Art Pattern Manuscript – Mongolia

As I open the packet of manuscript folios from Mongolia, the scent of the monastery infused into the centuries-old paper hits me before the vision does. Manuscripts, most often contain … Continue reading

June 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

One Textile – Many Motifs

As I obsess over this gorgeous Kilim I am noticing more & more of its virtues that make me love it even more. Here I’m sharing some of the pictures … Continue reading

June 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Book of the Month – June 2015

This landmark book on the subject is now on its way to me. Cannot wait to read it!

June 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Learning Resource – Jain Art

A good starting point on Jain Art jm June 2015 Learning Resource – Jain Art

June 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Wild Child – Soul of a Kilim

First steps in the world of Kilims. I don’t know the rules. I don’t know what to look for. I have no books. And I have no museums to learn … Continue reading

June 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

External Article: Art Market & Money Laundering

A must read for everyone that is innocently thinks that the extreme prices attained at art auctions are actually about the “art”. The paintings themselves might appeal to no one … Continue reading

June 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Art from another world – Kilims of Anatolia

As I look forward to finding new things to cover the walls and floors – textiles that I could “use” in rugged conditions – my eyes are stopping at kilims. … Continue reading

June 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Sad Story – Vanished Art

Sad observation made by a housewife who, like all the other housewives of that era. embroidered extensively in her lifetime*. [From the biography of Mrs. Krishen found in S. S. … Continue reading

May 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Beaded Threads – Textile Artworks of Vietnam

Just pictures of very unique & complex beaded textiles made by the hilltribes of Vietnam. The beads have been woven into the textile while the cloth was still under construction … Continue reading

May 4, 2015 · 1 Comment

Across the Universe – A Bridge to the Other World

Each of us has wondered at some time or another about what happens when we die. Too many questions that have no answers. And then along come the religious bosses … Continue reading

May 2, 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

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

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 · 2 Comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 · 2 Comments

Photographing the Spirit

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

March 18, 2015 · 1 Comment

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