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

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

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

June 24, 2015 · 1 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 http://www.vam.ac.uk/page/j/jainism/ 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 · 1 Comment

Photographing the Spirit

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

March 18, 2015 · 1 Comment

Born Free ……A Group of 4 Textiles with a Wild Spirit!

Born free, as free as the wind blows As free as the grass grows Born free to follow your heart Live free and beauty surrounds you The world still astounds … Continue reading

March 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Tribal Motifs from Rajasthan – Fusion of Logical Geometry & Art

I love the simplicity of thought! View the complete shawls here jm Mar 2015

March 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Hazaron Khwahishein Aisi … Garden of A Thousand Desires

A thousand desires – a thousand blooms … Rare green base in a Swat textile – the first ever in my experience! With silk so fine that it looks like … Continue reading

March 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Surya Namaskar – Glory be to the Sun | Traditional Indian Jewelry

Jewelry designed in the likeness of a burst of sunrays – as a salute  to the Sun. Surya Namaskar! Glory be to the Sun! The Surya Namaskar Kadaa [Bangle] Traditional Indian … Continue reading

March 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Child Gives Birth to a Mother

When a child is born – so is the mother! *** Some women knit for their babies. Others embroider. And we have works of love being created, as the woman … Continue reading

March 7, 2015 · 1 Comment

Mirroring a Mirror | Photos of Antique Paintings that depict Life

In the course of my travels I have come across fantastic murals and paintings that I have photographed and am sharing here to bring them out beyond their walls. Most … Continue reading

March 7, 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

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 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

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

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. http://www.vam.ac.uk/blog/fabric-of-india/the-reject-files Even the … Continue reading

February 4, 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.A Glimpse of Stunning Mizo Textiles – The Puanchei The Puanchei: The Puan is the … Continue reading

January 26, 2015 · 2 Comments

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

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

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