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Forest Bathing at Sunrise

September 5, 2021 · Leave a comment

Revisiting the Kalianda Tampan Shipcloth

It gets very windy in Singapore. And things fall. And break. And this is how the glass of the frame on one of the best surviving Tampans, broke. Previously I … Continue reading

August 23, 2021 · Leave a comment

Note on Red Phulkaris / Use in Wedding Consummation Rituals

Immersive exposure and study of the 29 white-base phulkaris led to certain observations. Supplemented by readings of published material (Cooney (2019), Hershman (1981) and Ibbetson (1939)) led to the formation … Continue reading

August 9, 2021 · 2 Comments

Stay Tuned: Report on Cultural Use of Phulkaris coming soon….

Old books on the culture of Punjab surround me. Notes from the fieldwork done in 8 cities in Punjab surround me. 29 white & red Phulkaris surround me. And a … Continue reading

August 5, 2021 · 1 Comment

The “Goze” of Japan – Notes from Arm Chair Travel

“Well into the 20th century the Japan Se coast was the haunt of the Goze – the blind wandering musicians. They went from village to village in the old province … Continue reading

August 3, 2021 · Leave a comment

Use of Sungkit Textiles in Headhunting Ceremonies / Borneo / 1800s

This note is about the use of Textiles in extinct ceremonies & practices in the 1800s in Borneo. Please be aware and proceed to read only if the title appeals to you.

July 19, 2021 · Leave a comment

TALK: Use of Textiles in Headhunting Ceremonies / Borneo / 1800s

Invitation to the short, exploratory & photo-filled talk “The Use of Textiles in Headhunting Ceremonies / Borneo / 1800s”

July 15, 2021 · Leave a comment

An Iban Tunic In A Textile

Exploring the depiction of an Iban woman dressed in her traditional ornamented tunic on her shoulders

July 7, 2021 · Leave a comment

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June 25, 2021 · Leave a comment

Spot The Difference

Remember the game we played as kids? I see it in some newspapers and magazines once in a way. Here’s a chance for us textile lovers to play it within … Continue reading

June 20, 2021 · Leave a comment

External Note: Turkmen Weavings

This is a highly studied group of weavings that I know nothing about. Having just acquired a few on impulse, I had to find some material to read about these. … Continue reading

June 5, 2021 · 1 Comment

Have You Seen This Feature in a Rug?

In all the rugs that I’ve seen, motifs are placed side-by-side. Too often in tribal rugs,in the event of a space constraint while weaving, when the spatial plan is such … Continue reading

May 21, 2021 · Leave a comment

Forgiving & The Walking Stick

Over our long lives, we all face some moments that scar us deeply and leave black memories. My oldest memory as a 2 year-old is that of a death in … Continue reading

May 9, 2021 · Leave a comment

Mysteries within Textiles

Mysteries hidden in the Tampan Ship cloths of Sumatra … Am enjoying the stimulation of “what does this mean” in each and every piece. Looking closely at the arrangement of … Continue reading

May 6, 2021 · 3 Comments

Monk’s Cham Dance / Ladakh

Just posting a video of a Cham Dance during Spituk Gustor held in winter. See more photographs of costumes of monks including Pattu Hats, Gyaser brocades and textiles in monasteries … Continue reading

April 27, 2021 · 3 Comments

Hainan Brocades & Embroidery

I have just been introduced to two groups of textile arts created by the Li people of Hainan. As I learn I am sharing the resources that I’ve found. Hainan … Continue reading

April 14, 2021 · 1 Comment

Spectacular Beadworks across Cultures

I begin my mornings ensconced in my room, away from the newspaper, away from any human contact. The thing that won’t let me sleep longer, the one thing that excites … Continue reading

April 3, 2021 · 3 Comments

Museum Walk – Mataram Museum, Indonesia

Just a quick post with photos from the Mataram museum in Lombok Indonesia (an island east of Bali). First, the piece that I enjoyed the most … a figurative woven … Continue reading

March 30, 2021 · 5 Comments

Keeping the Butter Safe

This woven device is an Indhoni or a pot holder, hung up from the ceiling beams. The raison d’etre for such a hanging is to hold pots of milk / … Continue reading

March 10, 2021 · 3 Comments

The Dancing Girl with the Parrot – Kalamkari from the 17th C

Have you been introduced this lovely lady? Have you seen her lovely clothes and lovely jewels? Is that a hand fan she is carrying? What is she saying to her … Continue reading

March 5, 2021 · 3 Comments

Diverse Media of Dayak Art

I can actually ‘feel’ the compulsion they must have felt to decorate anything and everything around them! Literally any thing! The diversity of media used to express their highly developed … Continue reading

February 28, 2021 · 3 Comments

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