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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

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 – 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

Royal Loin Cloths of Ceylon

Exploring some amazing rare antique loin cloths of Ceylon

May 2, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

An Enchanted afternoon with a Master Kamasan Artist

A gift of serendipity – an enchanted afternoon with a master artist in Bali:

‘…..I saw framed artworks , some that were old, some not so old, all over the walls…..’

December 31, 2015 · 1 Comment

Book of the Month – Dec 2015

   Superb Reference book!  Dec 2015

December 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – Antique Dayak Baby Carrier

  ATS- Superbly crafted beaded Dayak Baby carrier from Kalimantan   This is the only one that I have seen that has the 3 rims (upper, left & right) covered … Continue reading

December 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – Ceremonial Sumatra Weaving

A stunning festive weaving from pre-1900 Sumatra

December 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix

Old Food Covering appropriate for a ceremonial feast! Made of Coconut shell and decorated with sea-shells. Indonesia – probably Sumba. Part of a museum collection   jm Dec 2015   … Continue reading

December 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Celebrate the Sunrise

… with a tribal weaving that has sunrise motifs. In many ways . the final days of the trip spent in Ubud, Jagpati, Kamasan and Denpasar villages were the most … Continue reading

December 23, 2015 · 3 Comments

Lombok Art – for the Ears & Eyes!

Just pictures  of the art of the Sasak tribe from three different locations in Lombok:   And some pieces from the Mataram Museum: And finally an older drummer So much … Continue reading

December 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – It’s Time for Africa

How long can one ignore a whole continent? How long can I turn away saying …I don’t really collect pieces from that place. But I have just realised a moment … Continue reading

December 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Daiy Art Fix – A Magnificent Chope Phulkari

A Work of Art from a genius.

December 10, 2015 · 1 Comment

Daily Art Fix – Akha Hilltribe Textile Art

  Back of an Akha Tunic!   jm Dec 2015

December 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

One Man’s Spice is another Man’s Art

In Afghanistan, decorations used as symbols of auspiciousness  are made out of cloves!! Who in my world would have thought of such a use for a clove or conversely when … Continue reading

December 4, 2015 · 4 Comments

The Best Exotic Kuba Cloth Ever!

Another textile deserving of the title “Best”! I owned one Kuba currency cloth for awhile and have eyed many many pieces since. But none have had as much character as … Continue reading

December 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – Antique Yao Paintings

Daily Art Fix Antique Yao Paintings from WOVENSOULS.COM     #artfix #art #decor #style #design #interiors #architect #wallart

November 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

DAILY ART FIX – Banjara Indhoni

Banjara Indhoni from Odisha! With cowrie shells all over! View more images of asset ATI-707 here on wovensouls.com/ Banjara jm Nov 2015

November 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Art for Food!

Covering food with a piece of cloth in the pre-plastic / glass era, seems to be a natural solution to the problem of keeping food fresh / safe / clean. … Continue reading

November 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

DAILY ART FIX – Textiles for Animals

Photograph of Silver Carriage for Rajput Women, Princely state of Baroda, 1895. !!!  

November 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Best Exotic Waziri Shawl!

  So much joy to be found in Art!! I have called it the ‘best’ – because it is the best that I have ever seen. If there are better … Continue reading

November 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Another Vaishnav Textile!

Here is a magnificent fragment from Nepal with scenes from the Ramayan. From the Met Museum collection http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/37631 . Nov 2015

November 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Beauty is Ageless

“Beauty begets beauty” Timeless beauty from Gujarat creating more timeless beauty.

November 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Mochi or Cobbler Embroidery of Gujarat

Anyone who knows Gujarati or Hindi knows that Mochi means a cobbler. So when I first heard my dealer say that a category of very fine embroidery is known as … Continue reading

November 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Superfine Embroidery of Awadh – Chikan Kari

Another superb article on Chikan embroidery of Lucknow. Link to the Article Nov 2015

November 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Exhibition: Buddhist Art of India

New exhibition – ‘Buddhist Art of India’ in collaboration with Indian Museum, Kolkata. 30th Oct 2015 – 30th Nov 2015 National Museum, New Delhi

October 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Journey to Assam along a ‘Vrindavani Vastra’

It is said that if you cross the Brahmaputra river once, you will return again to cross it a total of seven times. I’ve done 3 and as I try … Continue reading

October 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Jain Chopat from the National Museum – Cultural Background of the Art

A fantastic post on the Jain Chaupat – explaining the cultural significance of the textile. Click Here to read it. jm Oct 2015

October 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Chamba Rumal – The Art of Double Sided Embroidery from Himachal

A superb article on Chamba Rumals – the native craft of the Chamba region of Himachal Pradesh in which the embroidery is done with the ‘do-rukha’ [double-facing] stitch that results … Continue reading

October 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – A Thousand Silent Bells

Heavy Silent Jhanjhar from Maharashtra, Early 1900s The latest addition to the Wovensouls collection Read more about Payal Traditions here. jm Oct 2015.

October 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – A Necklace of Thorns

“But he who dares not grasp the thorn Should never crave the rose.” ― Anne Brontë Heavy Gold Necklace modelled on the Gokhru herb of Rajasthan jm October 2015

October 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Save the Best for Last – One more Palindrome-Embroidery Textile

The last addition to my Palindrome Embroidery collection is indeed the best of them all – mainly because of the outstanding color – the deep madder is so magnetic I … Continue reading

October 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Melted-wax Art – Javanese Batik

Exploring the art of Javanese Batik

October 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

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