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

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Featured · 3 Comments

The Story of a Skirt from Punjab

This is a little story about the background of a Punjabi textile that is a few metres long. It is about the culture of Punjab from a century ago. It … Continue reading

February 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Architecture of Amritsar

What have these bricks seen? Set in the city of Amritsar, these buildings have seen strife and tragedy like few others have. The Jalianwala Baug massacre, the Partition, Operation Blue … Continue reading

February 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

Divine Caring

A street photo taken just outside the Golden Temple Complex, Amritsar 7am, Early February, Temperature 14 degrees Celsius No words needed.

February 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

A Phulkari Fan from the Olden Days

Here’s another cultural remnant of the olden days in Punjab – A ceiling fan decorated with Phulkari work: The rope is used to swing the fan and is held by … Continue reading

February 5, 2019 · 1 Comment

A Charkha Spinning Wheel

Sighting of a decorated Charkha Spinning Wheel – used in a vanishing craft

February 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Preview …. Conversations on the Soul of Punjab

Am on a visit to Punjab to  understand my beloved Phulkari Textiles better! Here is the map of the locations in which I have been speaking to the grand old … Continue reading

February 1, 2019 · 1 Comment

Wearing her mother’s Bridal Haalvan Phulkari

A “haalvan” phulkari is done on very fine cotton cloth that is similar to mul mul. This is the first time I held one in my hand! All bridal textiles … Continue reading

January 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Olden Days – Right Here Right Now

Different places in the world are living in different time zones. And so  even though it is not yet possible to do time travel, it is possible to revisit my … Continue reading

January 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

Boats of Eastern India, 1800s – Company School Paintings

Seen on an auction site, these paintings give us a glimpse of the lifestyle of those times. To pursue the characters that lived these lives, watch the Netflix original series … Continue reading

January 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

Heaven is THIS

My view of heavenly bliss

January 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

2019 – New Year Inspirations

And so another fresh beginning … one more chance to rejuvenate one’s mind…. Because we simply cannot allow ourselves to stagnate. If we are lucky the seeds of refreshing ideas … Continue reading

January 4, 2019 · 2 Comments

Bless the Kohistani Creator!

“Gulposh kabhi itraaye kahin Mehke to nazar aa jaaye kahin” Only the brilliant A. R. Rahman’s lyrics are appropriate for this outstanding masterpiece from Kohistan. “A flower may try to … Continue reading

January 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

Gateways of Bali

Just a few photos of the amazing art that is just everywhere in Bali. The artsy environment goes a long way in making this a spiritual haven. ❤️ jm Dec … Continue reading

December 30, 2018 · 1 Comment

Worth a Look: Coffin Art from Ghana

The concept of coffin art is intriguing isn’t it? See more in the Exhibition: Ghanaian Fantasy Coffins For a riveting slideshow online see the website of photographer Regula Tschumi here.   … Continue reading

December 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Magic Carpet :)

Borrowed from the internet to spread the smiles 🙂  

December 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

Opium Culture – History in Art

There is too much that I do not know anything about and the role that opium played in the history of China is one of them. Were it not for … Continue reading

December 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Boundless Creativity in Motifs

Superb embroidered motifs from the North West Frontier Province region photographed from faded fragments of dress-fronts! Enjoy the feast: What thought-paths created these very aesthetically pleasing unique motifs that have … Continue reading

December 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Rare Swat Wedding Shawl with ‘Self’ Embroidery

Just when I’d thought I’d seen the complete range of the niche textile art from Swat Valley, along comes a piece that challenges that belief and nudges me out of my smug stupor.  – Exploring a Rare Swat Valley Artwork

December 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Just another day in India

  And while real rural India wears gorgeous clothes as daily wear, in urban India I am wearing blue jeans… Sigh! jm December 2018  

December 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Confused About Classification! Silver or Silk?

In awe of an antique Benarasi Sari with real silver sari!

December 11, 2018 · 5 Comments

The Goldsmith’s Craft

In another life that I lived within this life I had a little venture called IQ Club. Had a lot of fun creating a brain-games-based workshop for kids. The parents … Continue reading

December 6, 2018 · 2 Comments

There’s an Elephant on my Sofa!

And a horse!!! 😊 Beginning the day with a smile and a reminder of the beauty our hands can create! See more of Asset 1143 on wovensouls.com

November 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Chinese Paintings on Ailments

The last thing I expected to find in a medical centre is art that might arrest my attention. But here I am between tasks finding myself searching for the wall … Continue reading

November 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

Morning Coffee 

Morning Coffee with soft morning sunlight lighting up a cicim from Anatolia, Tantric ritual objects from Nepal, an Indonesian couple in Batik and a Khmer-style bronze!  ❤️ Do drop by … Continue reading

November 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Veneration of Human Spirit – Jain Painting

Heroic act spellbind us. And spur us on to do more, to push ourselves a little bit more and to give life the very best of ourselves. In Bombay, there … Continue reading

November 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

A Gift from Grandma

Just launched a NEWS! page on WOVENSOULS.COM

The mini-magazine has 5-6 interesting sections …

November 7, 2018

Come Celebrate Diwali!

Diwali, one of the most celebrated festivals of India falls on Nov 7th this year. On this night, the darkest in the lunisolar calendar, Laxmi – the Goddess of Wealth … Continue reading

November 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

Inspiration from the Extraordinary

When I was younger, life was too busy. We all just rode that super fast rollercoaster of life doing everything that must be done and must be done well – … Continue reading

October 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

Service or Sacrilege? The Dilemma of Textile Art Fragments

Have you seen these? Amazing creativity isn’t it?!! ❤️ The ones that I have are in good but not in perfect condition – usage, withering natural life of the fibre … Continue reading

October 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Fine Embroidery on Indigo from the Yao Hilltribes

Collected from the source a decade ago, these lovely vintage embroidered indigo costumes of the Yao people are currently on offer as a single lot at a discounted launch price … Continue reading

October 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

  Wearing Art – Bhil Tribal Earrings

Travel results in exposure. Exposure to the lifestyles of others. And to the Art within that lifestyle. Exposure  results in desires. Desires result in quests. Quests can be classified loosely into 3 … Continue reading

October 5, 2018 · 2 Comments

Artwork of the Day

A Peacock takes a little ram for a walk! What an endearing example of folk creativity! Seen in this most-beloved AntiqueQashqai Shekarlu rug that I cannot get enough of! More … Continue reading

October 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Sleeping Under The Stars

My evening on the terrace has often turned into night. Alone with the stars and the sound of the sea and the darkness, I have found myself lying on the … Continue reading

September 30, 2018 · 1 Comment

Washing Shawls in 1867

An antique Indian miniature painting from the Kyburg exhibition catalog (1988) depicts the washing of shawls The 1867 painting is possibly from Lahore, Such a treat to get  a glimpse … Continue reading

September 23, 2018 · 3 Comments

Why are We Buying Art

The reasons one buys art are many. The few that I could think of right away, sitting here in my armchair are presented below in ascending order of engagement levels: … Continue reading

September 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Waiting…. The Antique Shekarlu Qashqai Rug

For years I’ve eyed Shekarlu rugs. Their identity is highly evolved and very striking! Very rustic in character the rugs are filled with an extravagant number of minor motif elements … Continue reading

September 17, 2018 · 3 Comments

Book Recommendation

A good place to start! Jaina Mishra Singapore        

September 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Susegad Dogs of Goa 

Susegad is an attitude Goa is known for. There is no exact translation – but it loosely means relaxed or carefree or don’t-worry-about-it or lazing or just-chill …. This attitude … Continue reading

September 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

Of Spaceships & Men

Imagination is always better than reality.  So am indulging my imagination as I  rediscover this sweet Kazak rug:  According to my imagination, we have here two men. Is that an … Continue reading

September 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

Krishna Janmashtami

Celebrating the birth of Krishna in the small village of Brittona in Goa with a dahi handi! The earthenware pot filled with dahi and home made butter is suspended between … Continue reading

September 3, 2018 · 3 Comments

The Retirees

Living the high life! The accessories and the blissful expressions say it all! Acquired in a flea market in Singapore twnty years ago and now sits prominently on a camphor … Continue reading

September 3, 2018 · 3 Comments

An Eventful Walk – Goa

An evening in Goa – I went out to buy some dahi and stopped at the beach expecting to take a normal short uneventful walk. * There were fishermen and … Continue reading

September 2, 2018 · 3 Comments

Art of Tunisia

The more I know, the more I realise how ignorant I am. Someone famous said something like that in a much more cogent way. Completely true for me. In the … Continue reading

September 1, 2018 · 1 Comment

Art Fix: A Green to Envy

Isn’t that aged and saturated natural green reason enough to treasure that weaving forever? ❤️❤️❤️ *** Jaina Mishra Singapore          

August 28, 2018 · 3 Comments

Book Recommendation – Bhutan Weavings

August 24, 2018 · 3 Comments

A Place of Darkness – A place of Light

Come with me to this place – so dark that I stumbled a bit as my eyes took a few minutes to adjust. Seeking nothing, I went there during a … Continue reading

August 22, 2018 · 1 Comment

Raincoats of the Fortunate – Bhutan Textiles

Destinies differ between individuals. And between people groups. In the plate of destiny granted to me, raincoats were made of plastic. In the plate of the fortunate, raincoats were works … Continue reading

August 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Rare Antique Company School Mica Paintings

In the early-mid 1800s Mica paintings were produced as souvenirs in Murshidabad, Patna and Benares in eastern India and Trichinopoly in South India. They imitated paintings on glass. Mica, a transparent … Continue reading

August 17, 2018 · 3 Comments

Astitva Project – August Update

For those who have provided encouragement and support and are following the story – here are some photos that just came in today. The loom is being constructed by the … Continue reading

August 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

External Article – Ramayan of Rani Laxmi of Jhansi

  An article about  art, culture and history! The monumental work sold for just over GBP200000! https://www.christies.com/features/5-mins-with-Ramayana-9234-1.aspx The sum probably does not reflect the historical value!     jm  

August 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

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