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Notes on Antique Textiles, Folk Art & Timeless Traditions – Jaina Mishra

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“The purpose of art is washing off the dust of daily life off our souls” – Pablo Picasso
Presenting my notes on the diverse folk arts of Asia and the stimulating cultural stories contained within them

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Life in the Years / Years in the Life

“It’s not the years in the life that matter – it is the life in the years that count”

June 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

A New Museum to explore

One more window to the history of art & culture. One more state museums – and from my experience, state museums in India are absolutely fantastic!! They go into the … Continue reading

June 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

I must do more…

Strange how winning an auction of a intensely desired item can make one think! This is the little story of my 4am soul searching..

June 15, 2017 · 3 Comments

Weekend Quote: And how …

“And how will you go about finding that thing the nature of which is totally unknown to you/” – Meno  

June 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Kammavaca Art – Buddhist Manuscripts from Myanmar

Exploring the art in Ancient Buddhist manuscripts

June 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Running Out of Sand – Random Musings

The sands of time are not unlimited …. and each walks a finite journey. Some moments we stop in the journey to catch our breath and reflect And that is … Continue reading

June 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Art with Cloves! Available for Sale

Unbelievable creativity! Who would imagine that cloves can be used to create art!

May 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Weekend Musings – We shall never know ..

Exploring a whole new culture and its history, its evolution and the reasons that make it what it is today … is like taking a journey with imperfect lenses not … Continue reading

May 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Why do I collect old things?

Why do we collect antiques? Why do I collect antiques? It could be to get as close as possible to the past. It is the only way to capture the … Continue reading

May 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Houses & Homes

“The house is the stage set for the drama we hope our lives will be….

May 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Art – A Bridge to the Past – Reading a Janam Patri from Raja Bhom’s era

Exploring an old scroll from Rajasthan from the time of Raja Bhom

May 25, 2017 · 2 Comments

Antique Silver Bullet Case – Available for Sale

Available for Sale: 394 Antique Tibetan Khampa Nomad’s Bullet Case

May 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – Antique Burma Manuscript

Exploring an antique Buddhist manuscript from Burma, dated 1874

May 24, 2017 · 1 Comment

The Bonona Festival of the Himalayan Aryans

October 2016 A trip to the interiors of the Himalayan ranges. A journey that would have taken 6 days by animal carriers 40 years ago but today takes 7 hours. … Continue reading

May 24, 2017 · 1 Comment

Back into the Home & Hearth of the Himalayan Aryan People

October 2016 The kitchen is a very intimate space. It is where many facets of my habits, my work style, my skills, my character, my thinking are revealed. And so, … Continue reading

May 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Astrological Calendars – 8 – Tibetan Calendar

The Tibetan calendar begins at Losar and has either 12 or 13 months each beginning and ending with the new moon. Every two or three years a 13th month is … Continue reading

May 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Astrological Calendars – 7 – Mongolian Charts

Mongolian Buddhism is heavily influenced by the Tibetan form that combines Vajrayana Buddhism with Tantric concepts. But Mongolian Buddhism had a unique identity too. Introduced during the period of the … Continue reading

May 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Astrological Calendars – 6 – Batak Calendar

The Batak Calendar system has 12 months and follows the phases of the moon and the sighting of the constellations. Some basic facts the month is divided into 3 groups … Continue reading

May 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Astrological Calendars – 5 – Thai Calendar

In Thailand, as in most of Asia, the lunar calendar contains twelve or thirteen months in a year, with 15 waxing moon and 14 or 15 waning moon days in … Continue reading

May 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Astrological Calendars – 4 – Myanmar Mandala Spirit Cloths

Mandala Spirit Cloths from Myanmar were commissioned by families of means and created by learned men and monks. They are believed to have healing / protective powers and the power … Continue reading

May 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Astrological Calendars – 3 – Astrological Birth Charts

Part 3 in the series of notes on Astrological Calendars A janampatri or kundali is a Birth Chart prepared as per Vedic Astrology. It is a particular system of prediction … Continue reading

May 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Astrological Calendars – 2 – Palelitangan Calendars of Bali

Part 2 on the series of notes on Astrological Calendars The Balinese calendar integrates the Indian-derived lunar (saka) calendar with an indigenous system of weekly cycles (wuku) which constitute a … Continue reading

May 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Astrological Calendars – 1 – Palindon Calendars of Bali

Palindon are  calendars depicting the 12 months and the deity associated with that month. The painted scenes for each month illustrate the written predictions. The style is characteristic of the … Continue reading

May 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Foretelling the Future in the Past – Astrological Calendars

In the past, the future seems to have been a very important idea and the ability to foretell it conferred immense powers on those who could make accurate predictions. Beginning … Continue reading

May 15, 2017 · 2 Comments

Antique Batik Toraja Ceremonial Textile Artwork – Available for Sale

Available for Sale: Antique Toraja Batik Ceremonial Textile

May 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix

Majestic head lama performing Losar ceremonies at a monastery in Sikkim – where Life and Art are inextricably braided into one!!      

May 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Astitva Project – A Report on the Micro Project in Ladakh

The Story They say that ‘when the weight of the paperwork equals the weight of the plane, the plane will fly’ – stressing the importance of the planning that must … Continue reading

May 12, 2017 · 3 Comments

Antique Balinese Lontar Beaded Basket – Available for Sale

Available for sale: ANtique Balinese Ceremonial Lontar Beaded Basket

May 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

ANNOUNCEMENT: Auction of Antique Phulkaris

Auction of rare exquisite Antique Phulkari Bagh Shawls collected from India in the 1960s-1970s and now in the wovensouls collection. Follow the link to view these pieces: http://stores.ebay.com/WOVENSOULS Ends on … Continue reading

May 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Vintage Rajasthan Tribal Textile – Available for Sale

Available for Sale – Antique Shekhawati Tribal Shawl Odhana – embroidery on coarse handwoven cotton

May 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

Vintage Laotian Textile Art – Available for Sale

Available for Sale: Vintage Laotian Textile

May 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Antique Cheriyal Painted Scroll – Art for Oral Traditions

In  South Indian Paintings  – A catalogue of the British Museum collection, A. L. Dallaiccola notes  “Although in the past the majority of Indian people might have been illiterate, they … Continue reading

May 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Yao Ceremonial Mask

On a trip in 2009, I got this Yao mask from back of the bottom drawer of a store owned by an elderly couple. The beautiful woman and I shared … Continue reading

May 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

Give us this day our daily bread 

The art of making bread or roti

May 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Antique Sindh Embroidered Wedding Shawl – Available for Sale

Available for Sale – Antique Sindh Embroidered Wedding Shawl

May 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

Vintage Cradle Cloth for one very lucky baby! Available for Sale

May the baby build a ladder to the stars! AVAILABLE FOR SALE * * *

May 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

External Article: In the Shade of the Royal Umbrella

An external link to start the week with! Link May 2017

May 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

Wearing the Neck Rings – Cultural Tradition of the Karen Tribe 

The process of putting the rings on the neck of girls from he Long Neck Karen Tribe

May 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Spotlight on Exceptional Phulkari Bagh Textiles

Inspired by the ongoing exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, we have focused our spotlight on the exceptional Phulkari Baghs in the wovensouls collection. Enjoy the Visual Feast

April 28, 2017 · 1 Comment

Aesthetics and Intrigue – The appeal of Dayak Art

Dayak Art has a unique character that is easily recognisable visually. The swirls and curls that are used to create any picture are employed in the artworks of many Dayak … Continue reading

April 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Variety of Textiles within Antique Yao / Zhuang Ceremonial Scrolls – 2

Continuing to study the diversity in the two Yao paintings, with a focus on costumes in this note. In each do take note of the composition of the costume – … Continue reading

April 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Variety within Antique Yao / Zhuang Ceremonial Scrolls – 1

On studying the pair of paintings that are as tall as I am, I am struck by the variety in 2 aspects: 1) facial features and  2) costumes The diversity … Continue reading

April 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

External Article: Chamba Rumal Embroidered Textiles 

A primer on Chamba Rumal: Link Apr 2017

April 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Himalayan Art, Style and Fashion

A look at the ornate headdress of the Himalayan Aryan People

April 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Textiles and more in the Kerta Gosa Museum – Bali

On my visit to the small museum in Kerta Gosa, Bali (2015) I did not expect to find any textiles. paintings yes – because that area is famous for paintings. … Continue reading

April 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Old Buddhist Painted Parables on Furniture

Parables – simple stories used to illustrate a spiritual lesson – are found in every religion. But this way of painting these stories on furniture is unique. Was it a … Continue reading

April 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

A look at Miao Embroidery

“Miao embroidery is a unique and incredible skill—weaving actual metal thread into intricate patterns to create beautiful garments. A tradition over 500 years old, Miao tin embroidery is sadly a … Continue reading

April 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Culture Celebrates Identity! Happy New Year!

I have grown up in Mumbai …. in a neighborhood that was made of up mainly Maharashtrian and Gujarati residents (us). I learnt both language even before I knew what … Continue reading

March 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Shigmo Utsav Festival 2017 Goa

Connected to our roots through the amazing Shigmo folk festival parade in Panaji. Proud of all the regular people participating so wholeheartedly in this parade Proud of the absence of … Continue reading

March 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Textiles in Christian Art at The Met Museum

One’s  bias comes alive when, in the face of several beautiful works, one pays greater attention to that single categories that our hearts favor. And so, even at the Met, … Continue reading

March 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

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