The Wovensouls Journal


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

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 6, 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. 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

Portugese Tile Art of the Colonial Era

No words – just pictures of tiles from an old house built in 1921 for a Barrister from the times when Goa was a Portugese Colony: Old, weathered by a … Continue reading

January 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Rabari Nuances – Textiles from the Salt Desert

On my very first solo trip to Bhuj, Kutch in 2007, I made lifelong friends, some of them Rabaris. I did not know then, that the relationships ignited would fuel … Continue reading

December 25, 2014 · 1 Comment

Old, Weary and Gorgeous!

. These are words that I live by. These are words that this gorgeous lady that I photographed years ago also probably lived by: . The experiences & the memories … Continue reading

November 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Loin Cloths – Art in Frugality

It appears to me from media, from the TV shows, films and music, especially those from Hollywood & Bollywood, that the world today is obsessed and preoccupied with matters of … Continue reading

November 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Textile Ethnography – Markers of Migration

The inevitable outcome of passion –  if one can afford it –  is heavy expenditure. I mean expenditure of the most scarce resource i.e. “time”. In my case, much of … Continue reading

November 21, 2014 · 2 Comments

Satrangi… Seven Colors of …..

Seven is a special prime number! It is the number of easily discernible distinct colors of the rainbow*. It is the number of easily discernible distinct notes of music*. It … Continue reading

November 16, 2014 · 1 Comment

Textiles in Indian Literature

Heartwarming excerpt referring to the making of kantha textiles in Bengali literature

November 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Link : Antique Rugs of the Future Project – Library of Azerbaijan Rugs

A link to a fantastic educational library of antique Azerbaijan Rugs

November 12, 2014 · 3 Comments

The Snowflake Shawl – Hazara Embroidery from the past

Presenting an old Hazara embroidery – that is as simple as it is complex. A textile that is as much for the eyes as it is for the mind! A textile that has captivated me for months. The ‘Snowflake’ Shawl

November 11, 2014 · 2 Comments

Of Walls & Barriers

Ramblings about walls – both real and psychological sparked off by an old Anatolyan Cicim Tent Divider Textile

November 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Sultry Black Ludhi of the Rabari Tribe

A story that is as deep and bordering on the dark lies hidden within the sultry black veil of the Rabaris of Kutch. Told to me by a village elder, the story is dramatic.

November 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Mystical Banjara Textiles – continued

Continuation of the Note on Banjara textiles

October 31, 2014 · 2 Comments

AN ARTWORK A DAY – Art within Art

October 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Textiles in Paintings of the Past

No words. None needed.     From the National Portrait Gallery, London    

October 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

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