The Wovensouls Journal


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

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

November 16, 2014 · Leave a 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

Motif & Meaning – 4 | The Case of the Butter Churning Girls

Curious coincidences in Textile Art from two different regions explored

October 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Embellishments in Traditional Asian Textiles

Strange & interesting bits and pieces have been used as textile embellishments. In the decade of collecting textiles, I find that non-textile embellishments are most common in South Asian Hilltribes … Continue reading

October 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Matisse & Textile Art

An interesting article about the connection between Paintings & Textiles…. after all it is all about art! LINK TO WALL STREET JOURNAL ARTICLE jm Sep 2014

October 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Art from the Swat Valley – an external article

Recommended reading on Swat Valley: Link to An article by Doris Srinivasan To view textile artworks from Swat & around please click on this link.

September 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

Textiles in Ancient Jain Kalpasutras

Sharing the diverse range of gorgeous textiles seen in ancient Jain manuscripts from India

September 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Traditional Rajasthan Home – Patwaon ki Haveli – Jaisalmer

A place where the walls do not need art. Because the walls ARE art. The ceilings ARE art. Was it such a bad thing that women did not step out … Continue reading

September 13, 2014 · 1 Comment

Motif & Meaning – 3 The Case of the Double-Headed Peacock

Finding a connection between the Bird motif from two different regions

September 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Motif & Meaning – 2

Looking for Meaning in Textile Motifs

September 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Motif & Meaning in Textiles – 1 Preface

A part of my fascination with traditional textiles emanates from the stories hidden within them. The cultural aspects – who wore them, for what occasion, who made them and how … Continue reading

September 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Textiles in Art

Two delightful artworks  stumbled upon yesterday: Delightful works of art offering terrific views into the textiles of another space-time point. 1. LEATHER PUPPETS OF SOUTH INDIA The extremely smart sari-blouse … Continue reading

August 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

An Offering of Art for Goddes Durga – Madhubani Painting from Mithila

A vintage Madhubani painting from Mithila depicting several forms of Goddess Durga   Drawn using a pen-type instrument with clean strokes, this painting is about 30-40 years old. A totally … Continue reading

August 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Auctions of Interest

Some beautiful pieces that caught my eye in the upcoming auctions: 1.Miniature Painting, Rajasthan | Treasures of Asia | Auctionata | Sept 4th, 2014 2. India, photographs – Indian textiles … Continue reading

August 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

History of Indian Textiles

“The record of ancient and medieval Indian textiles exists mostly in literature and sculpture. There is archaeological evidence of a cotton textile industry at Mohenjo-Daro in the Indus Valley around … Continue reading

August 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Jatripatti – Antique Traditional Paintings of Puri, Odisha

  This style of painting that has a subject focus of the temple of Lord Jagannath at Puri, India, is now extinct unfortunately. Hindus have four important pilgrimage spots -known … Continue reading

August 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Textile Subjects in Indian Miniature Paintings

Recently came across these miniatures on the internet: A Fraser Album Artist: a cotton-carder at work, attributed to the artist Ghulam ‘Ali Khan (fl. 1817-55) Delhi, circa 1820 Men and … Continue reading

August 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Mystical Banjara Textiles

What does one get when the women of a social group have a strong intellect, happiness in their hearts and time on their hands? Art. Art that is used to … Continue reading

July 2, 2014 · 1 Comment

Ancient Art Motifs of Egypt

As I walk through the exhibits in the museum, it occurs to me that the Egyptian tombs were treasure troves not only of gold but also of art. The objects … Continue reading

June 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Textiles within Textiles

Am studying my Phad (Par) textiles and enjoying the complex scenes painted in. There are two types of Phads: one narrating the legend of Pabuji and the other narrating the … Continue reading

May 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Ebay Spring Sale 2 – Ancient Coins from India

A few rare coins of ‘Very Fine’ quality classification also on sale on Ebay. Coins are beyond my realm of understanding – and these are a part of my husband’s … Continue reading

April 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Inspired by the Gods – Jain Architecture

God can take one to great heights! I never really believed that until I began witnessing religious art created by inspired people. These works are inspired from deep within the … Continue reading

April 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Double Sided Embroidery 1 – The Technique

While doing some research on newly acquired textiles with double-sided embroidery from Rajasthan & Swat valley, I came across this fantastic article. The Su double-sided embroidery from China is different … Continue reading

April 23, 2014 · 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.   The Puanchei: The Puan is the simple wrap-around skirt with a few colors … Continue reading

April 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

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 · 1 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

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

Article in PASSAGE – Magazine of Asian Civilisations Museum Singapore

My article in Passage, the magazine of the Friends of the Museum, ACM, Singapore: jm May 2014

March 16, 2014 · 1 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 · 4 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

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