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Wayang Batik – Hindu Influences in the Art of Indonesia

Isn’t that Lord Ganesh bowing? (the elephant’s trunk is the clue…) Lord Ganesha in Asset 1749 This is a scene from a large Wayang Batik textile from Cirebon Indonesia. Surprised … Continue reading

August 26, 2023 · Leave a comment

Nothing Left to Lose

“Nothing left to lose” is a sad statement … it is not a position to be envied – because surely each life must have at least one thing, one relationship, … Continue reading

August 24, 2023 · 1 Comment

Addicted to the Movement

Or I could say addicted to the skies. My sweet mentor Mrs. Wagle once told me of a failed project. She had seen the balloon sellers who set out out … Continue reading

July 12, 2023 · 1 Comment

Art of Egypt

A few gems of art seen in Egypt. From various periods and various styles…a delight for my eyes. ** jaina mishra July 2023

July 2, 2023 · 1 Comment

Learn Geometry through Antiques

So I got sent an “maybe you’ll like this” type of email from an auction house. It featured an old map. I knew that people collected old maps but knew … Continue reading

June 23, 2023 · Leave a comment

A Courtesan Scene in a Kantha Textile

A textile caught my attention for the unique scene it depicted…. Men, women, dancing, musicians… This is clearly set in a ‘Kotha’ in which courtesans and dancing girls welcomed noblemen … Continue reading

June 17, 2023 · Leave a comment

Folk Music Concert on the Street, Hanoi

Sharing some pictures of a lovely evening at a street concert outside a temple in Hanoi It did not matter that I stood or sat on a rock. All that … Continue reading

June 4, 2023 · Leave a comment

The Joys of Daily Life – in Silk

The scenes in a shawl made a hundred years ago show moments of pleasure and joy. And clearly these scenes give us joy even today. Smoking in the garden, holding … Continue reading

May 24, 2023 · 2 Comments

Portraits from Mizoram

A decade ago I witnessed the amazing culture of Mizoram at a festival and took some photos. Presenting some photos here once again: Chapchar Kut is the harvest festival celebrated … Continue reading

May 11, 2023 · 1 Comment

Indian Art – Paintings in The Kangra Museum

The first floor of the Kangra museum made the trip worthwhile. I am not a student of Indian fine art – so it was easy for me to enjoy these. … Continue reading

May 9, 2023 · 1 Comment

Embroideries in The Kangra Museum

Collectors of Indian textiles will already know of the double-sided Chamba Rumaals made in Himachal Pradesh. These usually have scenes from the Krishnayan – the life of Krishna. The art … Continue reading

May 9, 2023 · Leave a comment

Art in the Temples of Ninh Binh

A long drive out of Hanoi. A ride in a little row boat. Stopping and seeing temples hidden away in the wilderness. Temples that could have been reached by the … Continue reading

March 18, 2023 · Leave a comment

Indonesian Glass Paintings – Museum of Ethnology collection

Presenting here a new form of art that I had not been exposed earlier: Indonesian Glass Paintings. The subjects are always Indonesian folk stories and legends or a narrative of … Continue reading

March 10, 2023 · Leave a comment

A Caucasian Dragon Zileh like no other

Once again serendipity strikes and brings a stunner into my life. Dragon Zilehs / Sileh / Zili rugs form the South Caucasus are easy to find online. But all the … Continue reading

February 7, 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

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

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

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

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



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