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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

Life & Death & Thanatology

The first trip to Banaras in 2016 had a spiritual purpose: to immerse the ashes of my grandma in the Gangaji. Death brought me to Banaras the first time. And … Continue reading

August 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

Blessings of Banaras – 2019

Sometimes real life is so intense that I forget to leave its shadow on the internet in  the form of posts on the blog or on facebook. And then on … 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

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

When you can’t go Outside.. Lockdown Activity #99

So here I am staring at my screen and conducting a full census of all the animals that live with me in my antique textiles and artworks…

April 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

Textiles in a Textile – Study of a 17th C Kalamkari – 3

A study of Costumes & Textiles in a 17th century Kalamkari textile. Note not just the prints and motifs but also the style of the stitched garments! A must-study for … Continue reading

April 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Best Exotic Azeri Shaddah Weaving

(Title inspired by the Hollywood film Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) So after rummaging through the internet for Shaddahs or Shaddas, I have come to appreciate mine even more than ever. … Continue reading

April 11, 2020 · 1 Comment

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