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Identity – The Red Cloth

In about half of India, this red cloth stands for a very specific interest. If you like this it a MUST-have and fans will go even 20 kilometers in super-dense … Continue reading

January 11, 2021 · 1 Comment

How Many Kilograms is your Head Jewelry?

Hers weighs about 13 kilograms. Yours? Enjoy more photos taken in 2011 in this small gallery of costumes of some groups of Ladakhis. *** jm Dec 24th 2020

December 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

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

Mahashivrati at The Kashi Vishwanath Temple

Devout Hindus say that going to the Kashi Vishwanath temple happens when you are called. They say that it is one of the holiest places a Hindu could visit as … Continue reading

August 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

Rang Bhari Ekadashi & Holi at Kashi Vishwanath Mandir, Banaras

  Ready to throw Abeer on the Shiva-Parvati Gauna Procession just as they enter the temple.     Happy Holi …..   Shots of Rangbhari Ekadashi – the Gauna of … Continue reading

August 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Musician

Indian Classical Music has a special style called the Banaras Gharana that originated in this magical place. And most students in the city learn Hindustani classical music in some form … Continue reading

August 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

Live and Learn – Kite Flying

A chance question to some of the staff at the hotel – led to this plan. We saw some kites in the skies and I asked whether the boys knew … Continue reading

August 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

Ganga Arti – Banaras Diaries

The consciousness in Banaras is focussed on two events – Sunrise – when it is time to do the Sunrise Arti, and Sunset – when it is time to do … Continue reading

August 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

A Silk Route Trader Speaks

We hear about the Silk Road all the time. As I had erroneously thought earlier, there was no single source and destination. There were many sources, hubs and several destinations … Continue reading

August 2, 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

Hybrid Art 8 – Gurmukhi Script in a Hindu Prayer Book

I am not a formal student of Indian Miniature paintings but have seen a few here and there and can now identify  the Kashmir style of art. These paintings are … Continue reading

October 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

Hybrid Art 6 – Swat Pillow Case

A hybrid textile that memetically straddles two worlds … The motif is from Caucasus region and often seen in wool rugs while the execution in this piece from the Swat … Continue reading

September 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

Hybrid Art – 5 – Himalayan Ornament

Here is a hybrid from the Himalayas. A Taweez is worn to ward off the evil eye and is a concept that finds favor in Islamic communities. But in this … Continue reading

September 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

Hybrid Art – 4 – Phulkari Shawl

667 Amazing Sar Pallu on a navy blue Nilak base cloth. The impact of the gold & magenta against the deep blue base is amazing! But the remarkable aspect of this … Continue reading

September 30, 2019 · 1 Comment

External Article: Victorian Paper Cutters

An interesting note on Victorian paper cutters. One of these made me gasp – there seems to be no limit to human imagination seeing the odd things people used to … Continue reading

September 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

Ceremonial Tibetan Dance at Dring Ri

A small video clip of a ritual dance at Dring Ri near Shigatse in Tibet. Note the headdress of the women:   A similar old headdress with coral, turquoise  unusual … Continue reading

September 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

What is this Figurative Weft Ikat?

Any idea? Nearly 5 metres long this textile has motifs of boats, people, animals and unrecognisable creatures. Acquired from a late Canadian collector who acquired it from the Indonesian archipelago … Continue reading

August 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

Astitva Project Report – Aug 2019

A little success. A little failure. Success because most of the participants achieved their goals. But what hurt was the fact that a small group did not achieve them completely. … Continue reading

August 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

Chai

Chai Am talking of the good Indian boiled Chai – with the milk & sugar and water & tea leaves all boiled together for a long time. [Not to be … Continue reading

July 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

Spinning Yarn

Seen in the Himalayas….an activity, a skill, a lifestyle …. People STILL live in this charming way! All through our afternoon conversation in which our minds and voices engaged, their … Continue reading

July 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

A Himalayan Monk’s Mask for Royal Rituals

The masked dances of Himalayan Buddhist monks are fascinating and since 2011, I’ve watched them on four different occasions in various monasteries (Kalimpong, Matho, Stok, Jokhang-Leh ).   The Chamms … Continue reading

July 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

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