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A Fabulous Walk in Ladakh, 1982 – Guest Photos – PART II

Too many good things have wandered into my life and so until proven otherwise I shall continue to believe that I am a favorite with the Gods of serendipity. And … Continue reading

April 21, 2022 · 1 Comment

A Fabulous Walk in Ladakh, 1982 – Guest Photos

I’ve always felt that I am one of the extremely fortunate ones on earth defying the odds of an average or even sub-average life. For, how else can one explain … Continue reading

April 21, 2022 · Leave a comment

Ganga Snaan & Cleansing the Soul

In my opinion, the philosophy held within religions offer very useful supports to manage one’s own mind. Mind control of one’s own mind. And when one is on a downward … Continue reading

April 19, 2022 · 1 Comment

Pollution in the Ganga

They say the Ganga is polluted. Yes. After days of sitting on her banks with my feet in the water I can confirm that. Here are pictures of the pollution: … Continue reading

April 19, 2022 · 1 Comment

Ganga Arti, Haridwar

The city wakes up to attend this pre-dawn arti, in which the Ganga is worshipped with lamps and flowers. The devout take a bath in the chilled waters of the … Continue reading

April 19, 2022 · 1 Comment

Chance Encounters / Haridwar

Just walking around absorbing the culture of Haridwar and I get to witness some important ceremony by Radha worshippers: p.s. the music is original – a little live band led … Continue reading

April 19, 2022 · 1 Comment

Heritage – Genealogical Records in Haridwar

I’d heard about the family-historians or Pandits in Haridwar many years ago. Their sole work in life is to maintain records of families and they have been doing this as … Continue reading

April 13, 2022 · 1 Comment

Honor Rituals & Red Phulkaris – A Hypothesis

“Use of Phulkaris in Wedding Rituals – Social Practices in Punjab pre-1947” is a report based on an independent exploratory study that focuses on the use of Red & White … Continue reading

February 13, 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

Camel Milk Tea

Camel milk is the staple food for camel herders. In the day milk and camel-milk-tea are the answers to hunger and thirst. And in the night a “ kheer” – … Continue reading

November 8, 2021 · Leave a comment

Fresh Milk for Tea

As fresh as it can be! From a small village in Rajasthan jm wovensouls.com

November 8, 2021 · Leave a comment

Baluch Beauty

Just pictures of a Baluchi beauty! Seen in a village market in Rajasthan . Nov 2021

November 4, 2021 · Leave a comment

An Interesting Anecdote….. Dowry

In a recent conversation with one of my rural friends, we were speaking about a tribe that lives mainly in the desert of Rajasthan. He told me of the unique … Continue reading

October 15, 2021 · Leave a comment

Note on Red Phulkaris / Use in Wedding Consummation Rituals

Immersive exposure and study of the 29 white-base phulkaris led to certain observations. Supplemented by readings of published material (Cooney (2019), Hershman (1981) and Ibbetson (1939)) led to the formation … Continue reading

August 9, 2021 · 2 Comments

Stay Tuned: Report on Cultural Use of Phulkaris coming soon….

Old books on the culture of Punjab surround me. Notes from the fieldwork done in 8 cities in Punjab surround me. 29 white & red Phulkaris surround me. And a … Continue reading

August 5, 2021 · 1 Comment

The “Goze” of Japan – Notes from Arm Chair Travel

“Well into the 20th century the Japan Se coast was the haunt of the Goze – the blind wandering musicians. They went from village to village in the old province … Continue reading

August 3, 2021 · Leave a comment

Use of Sungkit Textiles in Headhunting Ceremonies / Borneo / 1800s

This note is about the use of Textiles in extinct ceremonies & practices in the 1800s in Borneo. Please be aware and proceed to read only if the title appeals to you.

July 19, 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

Monk’s Cham Dance / Ladakh

Just posting a video of a Cham Dance during Spituk Gustor held in winter. See more photographs of costumes of monks including Pattu Hats, Gyaser brocades and textiles in monasteries … Continue reading

April 27, 2021 · 3 Comments

Keeping the Butter Safe

This woven device is an Indhoni or a pot holder, hung up from the ceiling beams. The raison d’etre for such a hanging is to hold pots of milk / … Continue reading

March 10, 2021 · 3 Comments

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