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July News

Lots has happened in my world of textiles, art and culture recently Recent additions on wovensouls, talks that I wish I could attend, new functionalities launched in the gallery, important … Continue reading

June 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

June News on WOVENSOULS

A very good month for wovensouls …. Many many beautiful acquisitions – most of which have currently been put into the personal collection but beauty is available for viewing on … Continue reading

June 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

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

Book Recommendation

A good place to start! Jaina Mishra Singapore        

September 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

Book Recommendation – Bhutan Weavings

August 24, 2018 · 3 Comments

The Astitva Project – Phase III

  Just as life happens just one step at a time, it seems to me that in the same way wisdom reveals itself one step at a time. It would … Continue reading

July 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Astitva Project – Phase II Launch

Read about the Introduction & Conception here. *** May 2018 There are only TWO men, in the entire ethnic group who know how to make the woven cummerbund worn by … Continue reading

June 14, 2018 · 3 Comments

‘The Fringed Shawl’ – Exhibition at Berkeley

Exhibition at Berkeley, California

April 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Wovensouls at The Arts House, Singapore

For those who couldn’t make it an event report in pictures: Spending the day amidst these gifts from the past make me forget the concept of time How is it … Continue reading

November 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Article in “Passage” Magazine

For a tiny red dot, the large number of museums in Singapore comes as a surprise! Link To support museum enthusiasts there is a body the “Friends of the Museums” … Continue reading

November 25, 2017 · 1 Comment

Preview – Wovensouls @ The Arts House

WOVENSOULS HEIRLOOMS @ The Arts House, Nov 24th RSVP appreciated http://bit.ly/2y7gWNd Wealth was once measured by objects that were rich in ‘soul’ i.e. the soul of the individual, the soul … Continue reading

November 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Encore! Wovensouls Sale at The Arts House

  After the successful September Exhibition at The Arts House, we received numerous requests for an encore! So this November, we will be offering some of our beloved antique works … Continue reading

November 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Phulkari Auction

21 Phulkaris to be auctioned globally on November 24th, 2017.   VISIT THE AUCTION WEBSITE here Oct 2017   antique art, antique embroidery, antique Indian, antique Indian textiles, ANTIQUE SHAWL, … Continue reading

October 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Heirlooms – Strength of Identity

Identity, like character, takes years to develop. The ideas that we surround ourselves with – from the larger philosophy of life to the little material beauties that we surround ourselves … Continue reading

August 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Invitation: ‘Heirlooms’ Exhibition & Sale – Singapore

  Can you feel the love that went into making these antique CRADLE CLOTHS? Come visit “Heirlooms” to experience the difference that love & passion make in the creation of … Continue reading

August 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Invitation: “Heirlooms” Exhibition & Sale

Come enjoy the Visual Feast And acquire an heirloom or two Every few years, the treasure chests of the WOVENSOULS collection, filled with heirloom shawls, ancestral tribal jewelry and  rare … Continue reading

August 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Online Exhibition – Tampan Ship Cloths from Sumatra

Introduction The magnetic appeal of Textile Arts, to me, is directly proportional to – the art – the craft – the symbolism – the cultural story and – the usage … Continue reading

July 22, 2017 · 1 Comment

A New Museum to explore

One more window to the history of art & culture. One more state museums – and from my experience, state museums in India are absolutely fantastic!! They go into the … Continue reading

June 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

ANNOUNCEMENT: Auction of Antique Phulkaris

Auction of rare exquisite Antique Phulkari Bagh Shawls collected from India in the 1960s-1970s and now in the wovensouls collection. Follow the link to view these pieces: http://stores.ebay.com/WOVENSOULS Ends on … Continue reading

May 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Spotlight on Exceptional Phulkari Bagh Textiles

Inspired by the ongoing exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, we have focused our spotlight on the exceptional Phulkari Baghs in the wovensouls collection. Enjoy the Visual Feast

April 28, 2017 · 1 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

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

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

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

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 · 1 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 · 1 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

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

Textile Artworks At Esplanade Singapore

Spreading the joy of textile art through wonderful client partnerships! Recently Esplanade Theatres commissioned me to curate folk textile artworks from India. These magnificent pieces – Phads of Rajasthan and … Continue reading

November 21, 2015 · 1 Comment

Indian Art @ Esplanade Singapore

The Kala Utsavam Festival @ Esplanade that we have provided large Textile Art for! Come get inspired by Textile Art! COMING UP THIS WEEKEND: TALK: “Textile Traditions of India” Nov … Continue reading

November 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

INVITATION – Antique Indian Textile Art @ The Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, Singapore

BAZAR: SAT & SUN 21st, 22nd, 28th, 29th November 4pm-8pm A mini-exhibition will showcase some textile masterpieces from the past. Some pieces from the wovensouls collection will also be available … Continue reading

November 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Textile Art Events @ The Esplanade, Singapore

1. Large Displays of Indian Textile Art View two magnificent large Phad paintings and two large mesmerising mirrorwork Dhaniyo artworks from Gujarat displayed in the Foyer. Nov 9th – Nov … Continue reading

November 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Save the Date: Talk on Textile Traditions of India @ Esplanade, Singapore

Save the Date! November 22nd, 2015 Click to view more details:

October 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

For Interior Decor Specialists & Art Consultants

Funded by passion we work in the niche area of collecting & curating the art and the beauty of the Vanishing Cultures of Asia. Their timeless beauty has the potential … Continue reading

September 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

PUBLISHED ARTICLE: Hali Summer 2015

An article by Jaina Mishra in Hali Summer 2015 issue.

August 11, 2015 · 1 Comment

The ASTITVA Project – Rescuing Textile Traditions – Chapter 1

ASTITVA = IDENTITY. This project intends to rescue at-risk textile traditions among vanishing cultures in India.

August 3, 2015 · 9 Comments

NEWS: A Prestigious Textile Artwork Installation ….

So excited to be working on this! Projects like these will put these wonderful traditional textiles in the spotlight and perhaps make a small difference in delaying the extinction of … Continue reading

July 27, 2015 · 2 Comments

Textile Event Calendar 2015

Jozan has put together a comprehensive event calendar for mainly Rug enthusiasts but these events usually hold some interesting items for textile lovers too! Link to the Jozan Calendar july … Continue reading

July 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

ANNOUNCEMENT: 13th International Conference on Oriental Carpets – ICOC Event

The 13th International Conference on Oriental Carpets (ICOC) will be held in Washington DC from 6 – 9 August 2015. This edition of these always popular Conferences is being held … Continue reading

June 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Auctions of Interest – Bonhams June 9, 2015

Islamic & Indian Art June 9, 2015 Offering a treasure-filled catalogue that made me stop at several lots of paintings, manuscripts and objects  – a deeper look is bound to … Continue reading

May 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Media Coverage – Spring 2015

An article in the Leela Hotels magazine, featuring Jaina Mishra / Wovensouls

May 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

EXHIBITION: Textile Museum of Canada: Children’s Hats and Clothing from China

“One of the most eloquent textile expressions of China is the embroidery undertaken for the delight and protection of children. This exhibition draws from one of the largest and earliest … Continue reading

February 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Sale at WOVENSOULS!

Announcing THE Sale at Wovensouls! This is the time for a hard decisions and though I love them all some pieces must leave me as the shelves are overflowing! And … Continue reading

February 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Patan Patola Heritage Museum

Private Patan Patola Museum opened in Gujarat. Sept 2014.

November 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Book of the Month – Nov 2014

I was in two minds about getting this book as I am traveling and the volume of luggage on my nomadic caravan seems to be expanding day by day. But … Continue reading

November 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

ANTIQUE TEXTILE NEWS: The Fabric of India Exhibition

An exhibition at the V&A museum

October 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

TEXTILE ART NEWS: Talk at the Montreal Oriental Rug Society

Announcement of Textile Talk, Oct 25th, 2014….. read more

October 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

ANTIQUE TEXTILE NEWS – Kimono Exhibition

“Kimono – A MODERN HISTORY” METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART September 27, 2014–January 19, 2015    

October 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

TEXTILE ART NEWS: Event in Toronto

An excellent opportunity to view museum textiles up close: “Treasures of Islamic Textiles & Art in Toronto November 10-11” by the Textile Society of America TSA Textiles Close Up at Royal … Continue reading

October 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

TEXTILE ART NEWS: Peabody Essex Museum acquires gorgeous 18th c. Indian textile collection

“The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in Salem, Massachusetts has acquired a rare collection of 18th century Indian textiles that are in such spectacular condition that you’d be forgiven for thinking … Continue reading

October 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

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