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Sounds of Silence

A leisurely rowing through the silence of Kashmir .

January 17, 2023 · Leave a comment

Learning from Museums

Much of what we select in life, depends on what we have experienced until that point in time. The more we’ve seen the more discerning we are likely to be. … Continue reading

January 17, 2023 · Leave a comment

Jain Manuscripts & Textiles – National Museum Delhi

See more in my note written in 2014 And if you’d like to acquire an almost complete set of 88 folios – visit WOVENSOULS.COM Asset 9003 *** jm December 2022

December 18, 2022 · 1 Comment

Have an Antique Textile to Sell?

Have a travel souvenir you’d like to sell? Have an inherited textile you’d like to pass on to a loving home? List it for sale through WOVENSOULS. This is intended … Continue reading

December 7, 2022 · Leave a comment

Dhunuchi Dance – Bengal

This dance is performed in honor of Durga in Bengal. This solo dance is performed before the deity and the movement of hands and feet follows the beat of the … Continue reading

November 18, 2022 · Leave a comment

Santhal Folk Dance, Bengal

Seen in Murshidabad during Durga Puja 2022 As usual, tribal culture is inclusive – every individual is invited to participate – irrespective of any segregating parameter of age, marital status … Continue reading

November 13, 2022 · 1 Comment

Heritage Architecture of Murshidabad

Palaces of rulers, wealthy merchants and officials … More photos of the remnants of the magnificent history of Bengal. The seat of the British Raj for awhile, the region attracted … Continue reading

November 1, 2022 · 1 Comment

Terracotta Temples of Murshidabad

The beauty of the architecture, its unique style, the detail of the terracotta plaques on the walls that tell stories from the Hindu epics, the colors.. all fascinate me. The … Continue reading

October 29, 2022 · 3 Comments

Wovensouls Talk Announcement: Interview with former US Ambassador to the UN

Former US Ambassador to the UN and to India speaks to Jaina Mishra / WOVENSOULS online on ZOOM, Wednesday October 26th. The interview will include a virtual tour of the … Continue reading

October 20, 2022 · Leave a comment

Visiting the Past – The Heritage House of a Wealthy Merchant

It is a long 6 hour drive from Kolkata. Knowing that India had advanced so much with its fantastic road network, I knew that it would not be a tedious … Continue reading

October 11, 2022 · 1 Comment

Murshidabad Diaries

An adrenaline addict constantly needs to find new ways to create the Adrenalin rush. Fortunately this is internally generated. But …. the generation is most often dependent on external stimuli. … Continue reading

October 11, 2022 · 1 Comment

The Use of A Chandarvo Textile

I’ve collected Gujarat Textiles for decades. And have come across many ‘canopy’ textiles for sale – that are used as a cover over the goddess deity during ceremonies. Further my … Continue reading

October 1, 2022 · Leave a comment

Navratri Garba Dances

A little culture from my own life! Navratri is a festival of 9 nights in honor of Durga or Amba that is celebrated with dances in Gujarat. Gujjus love this … Continue reading

October 1, 2022 · Leave a comment

Rare Chelaberd Eagle Kazak Rug

Ten years ago, when I began reading about rugs and textile art, I’d read that they were ‘must haves’ as they are rare. Over the years I saw many being … Continue reading

September 27, 2022 · Leave a comment

Museum Walk – What is this Garment?

On a recent walk in a very small museum, I came across this: I don’t know how to view stone art. But this one appealed to me aesthetically. More importantly, … Continue reading

September 23, 2022 · Leave a comment

The Meeta Project – The Story

In 2021, inspired by Michael Asher & Wilfred Thesiger’s writings, I made a plan to spend time with camel herders, for a few days. This could only be realised through … Continue reading

September 18, 2022 · 1 Comment

Festival Time – Mumbai Style

This week it’s Janmashtami that the city celebrates – the birth of Lord Krishna. Baby Krishna loved home-made butter and he’d help himself to all the butter pots in the … Continue reading

August 20, 2022 · Leave a comment

Tanjore Diaries

They say, one makes it to the big temples of India, only when they call out to you. Maybe they do. But maybe my senses are not tuned to hearing … Continue reading

August 18, 2022 · Leave a comment

The Thanjavur Maratha Palace

Every now and then, I come across interesting people I yearn to meet. No – not Brad Pitt or George Clooney. But people like Dostoevsky. Lee Kuan Yew. Chanakya. The … Continue reading

August 18, 2022 · 1 Comment

The Saraswati Mahal Library at Tanjore

As a collector, I take pride in the things I collect. Through my sources – ebay & shops all over the world, I am proud to note that I have … Continue reading

August 18, 2022 · 1 Comment

Tanjore Style Painting – Where It all Began

And this is where it all began: This unbelievable Tanjore painting depicting 63 Nayanars, came to be mine in 2020 through an auction in London. Estimated to be from the … Continue reading

August 18, 2022 · 1 Comment

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