The Wovensouls Journal

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

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“True wealth lies in living a nomadic life. Those who settle down lose their identity”   – Proverb of the Turkish Nomadic Yoruks Welcome to the Wovensouls Journal Blog. [In case … Continue reading

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Parsis and the Opium Trade

Yesterday at a condolence visit, the conversation with my top mentors, inadvertently veered into the subject of collectibles and we spoke of many random subjects such as his encounter with … Continue reading

July 24, 2016 · 2 Comments

The Mashru Loom

My knowledge of weaving techniques is minimal – so I might be wrong in thinking that the Masru or Mashru loom is a complicated one. But the few looms that … Continue reading

July 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Memories of a Sublime Experience – Balinese Art

Memories of a sublime art experience in Bali

July 11, 2016 · 2 Comments

Rise of the Phoenix – Daily Art Fix

Or is it an enormous bee? This style of hand drawn batik (on silk) was created in Java for the Balinese market. This piece is in such a lovely condition … Continue reading

July 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

External Link: Bali’s Island of the Dead

A note about the unique ritual in Bali.   Extrenal Link

July 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Learning History through Art – Conquest of Kanchi & a Glass of Milk

In this painting from Odisha, Jagannath & Balabhadra are on a journey and are offered a drink of milk by milkmaid Manika. The History and Her Story: One of the … Continue reading

July 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

Woven Leaves of Bali

In the touristy journeys from one part of Bali to another, the one art that jumps at the traveler, whether or not one is looking, is the art of basketry. … Continue reading

July 5, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Land of the Sufi

Istanbul – almost exactly a year ago, I spent almost every evening eating at a small place near Topkapi palace. It was an open air restaurant with a basic menu … Continue reading

July 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Warding Off Evil – Enigmatic Dayak Baby Carrier

One more stunning work of art created for the purpose of warding off evil and deflecting the evil eye! A Dayak Baby carrier with sveeral spirit motifs, a variety of … Continue reading

July 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

Art in service of Culture – A Sindoor Box

As I say in my lectures – traditional art in Asia is rarely ever “art for art’s sake” and almost always has a second layer hidden beneath. It is either … Continue reading

July 2, 2016 · 1 Comment

Exotic Art from an Exotic Era

We all read the newspapers even today. But in the past 4-5 years, newspapers have been replaced by the internet as my main source of news. By the time I … Continue reading

July 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

Banjara Textile Exhibition @ Joss Graham London

Banjara works are among the world’s most attractive textiles – the colors, the stitches the patterns and their dazzling embellishments are put together in an eye-catching manner. Almost every collector … Continue reading

June 28, 2016 · 1 Comment

Salute the Batak Textile Weaver’s Genius!

Sometimes the beauty contained within a subject is so deep and limitless that the soul is never satisfied no matter how long one beholds it. There is always one more … Continue reading

June 27, 2016 · 1 Comment

An Exhibition in Silk @Thomas Murray Arts

For those who can visit …. Click here to read more   jm June2016    

June 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Antique Thai Calendar Paintings

  The logic of the twelve Thai Zodiac signs follows the logic of Chinese zodiac signs and defines a person’s fortune based on the  ‘year’ or birth rather than the … Continue reading

June 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Art of Africa – Kente Cloths

A piece in a museum store priced at US$4000 (only) caught my eye. Such a high valuation piqued my interest and I began reading. The palimpsest of Kente cloths is … Continue reading

June 11, 2016 · 2 Comments

Technology or Art? 

      16th / 17th century (perhaps Nuremberg) Strongbox with amazing locking mechanism!  At the Met Museum, New York Jm June 2016

June 10, 2016 · 1 Comment

March of the Elephants – Naga Cloth Art

Surely this must mean something! One day I will learn what that is! In the meanwhile let’s enjoy the art: This Angami Naga cloth is a part of the wovensouls … Continue reading

June 9, 2016 · 1 Comment

Birds of a feather…

      Daily art fix jm June 2016

June 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – Motifs from Africa

The bad news is that we’ll NEVER feel the satisfaction that we have seen it ALL.     And the good news is that we shall never run out of … Continue reading

May 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – Tantric Shaman’s Ceremonial Costume

  Beautifully hand carved apron, crown, arm bands  and breastbands made of yak bone. This type of costume is worn in some tantric ceremonies by high priests in certain forms … Continue reading

May 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – Ayuthaya Paintings

    One more style of painting – one more delectable recipe that makes the senses dance int his ongoing visual feast – Ayutthaya paintings from Thailand. The subject matter … Continue reading

May 14, 2016 · 1 Comment

Rich & Poor

The Barber comes home…. Do we in the big city have this luxury? A little village with its own little wheels of economic output, buying and selling services that are … Continue reading

May 13, 2016 · 1 Comment

External Article: Caste System

Worth reading “Why is the world so obsessed with India’s caste system” by Sahana Singh    

May 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – Warli Paintings on Dung

The original idea was to use the cow dung walls of homes as the medium to paint on using white pigment made of rice & gum. Then at some point … Continue reading

May 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – Beauty begets Beauty

Old Rabari Great-grandmother working on her embroidery. Photo taken in 2012 in Gujarat.   jm May 2016

May 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – Lontar Baskets

  “There is no limit to creativity” – these cliched words come alive with these palm leaf baskets that have been decorated with beads … When the first artist created … Continue reading

May 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

I played with the Big Cats

Not art. Not Culture. Just a travel experience. One that has me craving for more. One that will feature on my list of answers when asked Q: “What did I … Continue reading

May 8, 2016 · 2 Comments

Daily Art Fix – The Heavy Crown of Responsibility

A large yet simple copper crown or Mukut worn by learned Buddhist priests known as Vajracharyas or “Master of the Thunderbolt” during religious ceremonies. The weight of this crown is … Continue reading

May 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

External Link: A Wedding in Central Asia

I do not understand the words – but the beauty can be seen and understood easily! LINK  

May 5, 2016 · 1 Comment

Talk Announcement: Textile Museum, Washington D.C.

  TITLE: Wedding Embroideries of Kutch, India Speaker: Jaina Mishra | Collector … The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum Washington D.C. Saturday June 4th, 2016 … …. … Continue reading

May 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Royal Loin Cloths of Ceylon

Exploring some amazing rare antique loin cloths of Ceylon

May 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – A Sublime Tampan with an Amazing Soul!

Such an amazing work of art!!! Not painted – not embroidered but WOVEN!! More from the same fragment:     And though it is past its prime, it still is … Continue reading

April 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Little Purses for Big Money

Coin purses from the olden days …. When the coins were small & made of gold & silver and their value was huge! When there was no fiat money or … Continue reading

April 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

When Life Happens… 

Sometimes life happens too fast. And there is hardly any time to keep up with reality -leave alone document it!  No time to blog out the memories for a future-self … Continue reading

April 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – Motifs from Tibet

  No words.

March 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

18th Century Transport!

Painting of 18th century transport:   Offered by Tremont Auction House. Sold for US$1300 (2016)     jm March 2016  

March 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

News from the National Museum Delhi

25 Feb to 25 April 2016 About the Exhibition As richly patterned silks embellished with gold and silver threads, Banarasi Brocade Saris represent the acme of the subcontinent’s hand – … Continue reading

March 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Waiting to Grow Old

A friend reminded me that at 50, we are the youngest of the old people. But I cannot wait to get to the next stage and become the oldest of … Continue reading

March 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

News from the Met Museum

A new exhibition featuring manuscript paintings (and therefore textiles in paintings) and textiles exploring medieval Islamic textiles in the 20th Century titled Transformed: Medieval Syrian and Iranian Art in the … Continue reading

March 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

News from the National Museum Delhi

An interesting pre-exhibition note by the curator on bringing the  exhibition “The Everlasting Flame Zoroastrianism in History and Imagination”  to Delhi. “A curator’s view: some key items from the British … Continue reading

March 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

And we thought ornaments were only for people? Traditional Animal Adornments – 2

  Link to PART I And the journey continues….   Part II These are adornments filled with love for the animal. For why else would one create such artworks for … Continue reading

March 13, 2016 · 1 Comment

Picking a Bone …

Picking a bone …. Not exactly any bone. But a Kapala bone. A bone from the skull of a deceased Buddhist Lamaji. Under the assumption that his wisdom and powers … Continue reading

March 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

Adornments to Entice

In many cultures in the Eastern hemisphere, lifestyle devices are structured with the intention of security and protection. Clothes and costumes are designed to deflect the viewer’s eyes rather than … Continue reading

February 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

A Mother’s Labor of Love – Kohistani Baby’s Cap

In other places mothers-to-be and grandmas-to-be knit booties and mittens for the expected new arrivals. In Kohistan they make a cap. Such amazing work can only be born as a … Continue reading

February 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

Postcards from the Past – Old Dayak Costumes

And they now all march on towards jeans+t-shirts!   Photo of a postcard from the 70s-80s

February 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Carnival @ Goa

The Carnival @ Goa, Panaji. Very inclusive street party with floats put up by villages and individuals – the parade had participants from all profile  groups, the young & the … Continue reading

February 7, 2016 · 1 Comment

To Touch My Hero

Hero worship is a BIG thing for me. To dream about meeting them and listening to them and following their footsteps and imbuing a part of their spirit. But mostly, … Continue reading

January 31, 2016 · 2 Comments

The Fabulous Biboki weaving of Timor!

Double Sided supplementary weft (or warp?) weave from the Biboki people of Timor.   An antique example: A betel nut bag:   A vintage example:   And a fantastic paper … Continue reading

January 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

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