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The Nayanar Saints – Exploration through Art

Who expected to be learning history through art? And what will we do with learning all this history? I didn’t ever think it was important to know what other did … Continue reading

October 27, 2020 · 1 Comment

Originals, Reproductions, Fakes, Investments …

….and other ramblings. *** In some categories of art it is easy to spot a reproduction. For example the Mona Lisa is a very well known painting and if we … Continue reading

October 22, 2020 · 2 Comments

Meet the Weavers / Northern Thailand

Meet the Weavers from Northern Thailand Hilltribes. See more here : https://wovensouls.com/products/portraits-long-neck-karen-tribe-northern-thailand ** jm wovensouls.com

October 7, 2020 · Leave a comment

A Lesson in Humility

This Pua Kumbu Sungkit (Link) that has just recently arrived to grace my life, reminded me of a personal anecdote that taught me a lesson. Years ago, I saw my … Continue reading

October 6, 2020 · 3 Comments

Short Non-Academic Online Talks on Art & Culture

With the availability of new technology, I have hosted a few online talks on ZOOM. The talks are all non-academic and explore the stories that surround the art. They are … Continue reading

October 3, 2020 · Leave a comment

Tech+Art at Christie’s

Technology at the service of art can have amazing results as can be seen from the way the Christie’s Asian Art Auction has been presented online: Take a look: Christie’s … Continue reading

September 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

A Glimpse of Banarasi Sari Weaving – 1

A little abouta visit to the handloom weaving centre in Banaras through which I learnt a few things. Since I have not learnt about textile design I had no idea … Continue reading

September 7, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Showstopper

THE SHOWSTOPPER at the Phulkari AUCTION Sep 6 on Liveauctioneers. A Rare BAGH Sainchi Phulkari … with the base cloth completely covered up in silk stitches! As in all Sainchis … Continue reading

September 5, 2020 · 1 Comment

Life Changes …. A Bishnoi Example

LIFE CHANGES … There was a time when you could recognise a community by their dress and their jewelry. Because every group made their own clothes. Yarn from goat hair … Continue reading

August 1, 2020 · Leave a comment

August Arrivals – Majestic Antique Pashminas

Come have a look at some gorgeous soft-as-kittens Pashminas that have just arrived. Some unique prayer mats, some moon shawls, and Amlikar and a Dorukha! All but the last are … Continue reading

July 30, 2020 · Leave a comment

There’s Gold Plated Hotels and then there’s Antique Gold….

WoW! Promotional messages in my mailbox rarely get opened. But when a Gold Plated Hotel came up I was curious. I could imagine only a few places on earth where … Continue reading

July 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

Have you ever seen….

A Wave Splitter?   It sits on the front of the canoe, and as the name suggests, splits the wave as it hits the boat. And the owner loved his … Continue reading

July 18, 2020 · Leave a comment

A Narrative Palindon Painting from Kamasan, Bali

The curiosity evoked from seeing something new from a different geography and a different history is delicious fodder for the mind. So when I came across a ‘calendar’ with inscriptions … Continue reading

July 15, 2020 · Leave a comment

A Wedding ‘Muklawa’ Scene in a Textile

The term ‘Big Fat Indian Wedding’ has been coined in the recent times. But it has existed for decades. Even in families with limited means, a wedding supercedes all other … Continue reading

July 4, 2020 · 1 Comment

What Do You Believe In

A note about Imaan or Faith or Allegiance. There ought to be at least one thing – an idea, a love, a craft, a nation, a god – just about … Continue reading

June 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

When the ‘Negative’ is Desirable

When the NEGATIVE is desirable…   An Amli masterpiece on pashm wool. Negative spaces or spaces in which there is no silk embroidery were used to create a variety of … Continue reading

June 17, 2020 · 4 Comments

Why paint on Yak Bone? A Himalayan Buddhist Thangka

Devotional Art comes in many forms in the Buddhist Himalayas. Thangkas are the most commonly known artworks and can be found on paper, cloth and walls in large display-worthy sizes. … Continue reading

May 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

Elephant or Stork? Laotian Silk Weaving – 2

So remember this? I received a note from a knowledgeable reader and am sharing his note here: Joshua Hirschstein writes “The primary motif is that of the “phii nyak,” or … Continue reading

May 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

Dragons in My Dungeon – Antique Soumac Rugs

Exploring some dragon soumac rugs in my dungeon…

May 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

Elephant or Stork? Laotian Silk Weaving

Elephant? Stork? Dragon? Who is it that lurks in this amazing antique silk weaving from Laos? And who are the two little one riding on his back? If one doesn’t … Continue reading

May 11, 2020 · Leave a comment

Summer Birds

Peacocks in Shawls & Cockerels in Rugs.
If you too would like to spend time birding from your armchair follow me…

April 27, 2020 · 1 Comment

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