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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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 · Leave a 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

Understanding the Y – Women not allowed in Sabarimala Temple

It is easy to rake up activism simply for the sake of it. After all we have all been raised on inspirational sayings  like “be the change you want to … Continue reading

January 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

A New Museum with a Fabulous Fresh Focus!

A museum or rather an institution that focuses on perpetuating the art amongst the creators … a museum in which the creators can see and learn from the work of … Continue reading

January 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Hunger of an Unfulfilled Dream – Mughal Ganjifa Cards

Years ago, in 2006, I met a friend from high school. We used to be very close in school as only girls can be. And then life happened and we … Continue reading

January 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

WHY I travel

A note on the ‘Why’ of travel – by a woman who lived a hundred years ago and traveled solo in those days [with servants]

January 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Fundraiser Talk: Marriage Traditions of Asia

Seema Shah has organised a fundraiser in Singapore to launch her individual effort in support of the Maitri Foundation that takes care of abandoned widows.   The token charge of … Continue reading

January 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Thoughts on Collecting

Last week someone asked me how do I go about selecting / rejecting pieces. I thought and answered but this is not an easy question and the thinking continues… Instead … Continue reading

January 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Hair Ornaments from Asia

Just some photos! Lambani People Silver Braid Ends – that take at least an hour to fix! And help is needed from other women – mother-in-law or sister in law … Continue reading

January 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

Protective Spirits from the Past

  There are Dayak Baby Carriers and then there are Dayak Baby Carriers. Spirits in some recent ones are wearing clothing and jewelry – like vests and underwear!  Maybe it … Continue reading

January 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Book Recommendation

Textiles of Afghanistan

January 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

An Affluent Community Endangered?!

Parsis or Zorastrians number only about 75000 worldwide and in spite of being one of the most affluent communities in the world, they are an endangered ethnic group. They have … Continue reading

January 16, 2016 · 2 Comments

Textiles in Ancient Balinese Paintings

Life is full of choices and the worst challenges are choosing between two bad choices or between two good choices. Shall I buy a painting or a textile? Shall I … Continue reading

January 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Math of Threads – The Threads of Math

An interesting article in the New York Times that gives us a peep into a world of using threads to keep count! Untangling an Accounting Tool and an Ancient Incan … Continue reading

January 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

A Romance Unfolds through Art

  A love story in an old Bracelet from Qajar Persia. Miniature Paintings on Bone some Gold illuminated, others, copper illuminated!!! Very pretty, very detailed paintings. The story is told … Continue reading

January 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Side Effects of Religion

With the world slowly going crazy and the use of religion as a platform to justify it all, it is natural that there are discussions everywhere on this provocative subject. … Continue reading

January 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

A Precious Package for a Precious Bundle – Dayak Baby Carrier

One more precious carrier for a precious baby! Over a dozen types of trade beads, some extremely fine, some multicolored, some from one of the 3 groups of mutisalah beads, … Continue reading

January 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

Lambanis Celebrating Life  – Festive Dance

Ceremonial Dance of the Lambani group

January 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Rare Textiles from Tiny Tribes

Presenting two textiles from really small protected tribes in Orissa, Eastern India. I have seen these worn by the people there but not on sale anywhere. Both were acquired directly … Continue reading

January 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Kiss of a Komodo Dragon

The concepts of mythology was always one that could not explain itself. For, ideas like dragons and demons (and flying chariots) were always written off by the modern world as … Continue reading

January 3, 2016 · 1 Comment

Claim to Fame

When a place is introduced through somethings produced in that region, chances are that that association lasts for a long time. When a dealer informed me that such and such … Continue reading

January 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

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