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Let’s Explore Himalayan Art – Antique Wooden Sutra Cover

Sometimes a video just does the job better! Sutra covers are usually highly decorated and very beautiful. Because it is through the creation of art – on walls, in architecture, … Continue reading

June 13, 2022 · Leave a comment

Art in Combs!

Beauty can be exhausting …. Because there is no end to the numbers that can offer this delight. With all the freedom in the world to look at beautiful objects, … Continue reading

June 7, 2022 · Leave a comment

Map of Srinagar in Embroidery!!

Should I bid on it? I WOULD if I COULD but I CAN’T so I WON’T My bank balance won’t allow it 🙂 So for those who can – this … Continue reading

March 30, 2022 · Leave a comment

Magnificent Hainan Weavings

The idea of the Russian dolls that we saw in our childhoods was intriguing. Each painted wooden doll was hollow and could be opened at the horizontal centre. And when … Continue reading

March 17, 2022 · Leave a comment

Waiting to Meet the Men from Gendge

Cannot wait to meet these two men. Cannot wait to meet their two rams / sheep. Cannot wait to examine the fabulous barber-pole / candy stripe borders around each of … Continue reading

March 6, 2022 · Leave a comment

Three Dimensional Textiles

Just sharing some thoughts of no great consequence… *** Pile rugs are the most well-know example of 3-D weaving with 3 elements. In addition to the warp and the weft, … Continue reading

February 23, 2022 · 3 Comments

The Magic of Hands

Sharing something I read that sort of explains why our beloved textiles have an irresistible attraction: “Grandma how do you deal with pain?” “With your hands, dear. When you do … Continue reading

February 16, 2022 · Leave a comment

A Gaziantep Kilim – A Life lived well!

WOW! WHAT A RIDE! “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid … Continue reading

January 25, 2022 · Leave a comment

Himalayan Art – Crowns of the Buddhist Priests

A decade ago I witnessed the Losar ceremonies over 3 days in Lingdum monastery in Sikkim. Witnessing the head priest leading the group of monks and young novitiates through the … Continue reading

January 6, 2022 · 1 Comment

The Circle of Life ~ Antique Kantha Motif

CIRCLE OF LIFE Welcoming a new cycle … A fresh year, a clean slate ….a new beginning. Let’s move on, let’s leave behind the old, let’s make more memories, let’s … Continue reading

January 4, 2022 · Leave a comment

Season’s Greetings

Wishing you a thousand desires… …. and the fulfillment of many! *** jaina mishra wovensouls.com

December 22, 2021 · Leave a comment

The Art of Buddhist Manuscript Sutra Covers

There is culture and then there is art. And it is by standing on the bridge between the two, that I derive the most pleasure. Here is a little note … Continue reading

November 25, 2021 · Leave a comment

Soul

SOUL / ATMA Of all the textiles that I have loved, this antique Qashqai dowry rug has been closest to me because of the SOUL or ATMA that the weaver … Continue reading

November 17, 2021 · Leave a comment

Motifs from Rajasthan – Textiles & Architecture

The sacred geometry seen in textiles is also seen in the architectural wall art of Rajasthan… read more

October 3, 2021 · Leave a comment

Leaves of Autumn – A Visual Study of Kashmir Boteh

Autumn leaves from Kashmir…

September 29, 2021 · Leave a comment

Wild Life

Living with wild animals – a red leopard with spots in two colors, a yellow-headed gazelle, a striped vulture and many many others – can be very stimulating. Lots of … Continue reading

September 23, 2021 · Leave a comment

Revisiting the Kalianda Tampan Shipcloth

It gets very windy in Singapore. And things fall. And break. And this is how the glass of the frame on one of the best surviving Tampans, broke. Previously I … Continue reading

August 23, 2021 · Leave a comment

TALK: Use of Textiles in Headhunting Ceremonies / Borneo / 1800s

Invitation to the short, exploratory & photo-filled talk “The Use of Textiles in Headhunting Ceremonies / Borneo / 1800s”

July 15, 2021 · Leave a comment

An Iban Tunic In A Textile

Exploring the depiction of an Iban woman dressed in her traditional ornamented tunic on her shoulders

July 7, 2021 · Leave a comment

Spot The Difference

Remember the game we played as kids? I see it in some newspapers and magazines once in a way. Here’s a chance for us textile lovers to play it within … Continue reading

June 20, 2021 · Leave a comment

External Note: Turkmen Weavings

This is a highly studied group of weavings that I know nothing about. Having just acquired a few on impulse, I had to find some material to read about these. … Continue reading

June 5, 2021 · 1 Comment

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