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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

Someday Soon…

Someday soon we’ll go for a ride…. someday when the world is safe again. Until then, let’s all stay indoors & safe! Some days we’ll ride on the animal… and … Continue reading

April 8, 2020 · 2 Comments

Textiles in Jain Paintings

A glimpse of Antique Indian Textiles from Jain Kalpasutra manuscript paintings from Gujarat. Were these textiles printed? Were these woven? Were these embroideries? Are there any surviving examples of textiles … Continue reading

March 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

Rangoli – Featuring my Aunts

Here’s a link to lovely film on Rangoli – the folk art of powder painting that was practiced across the length & breadth of India by all housewives. ALL. Video … Continue reading

February 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

Book – Himalayan Treasures

It is nice to see a new book on a subject that is of interest. And it is even nicer to receive a mention in tje ‘Acknowledgements’ page! To be … Continue reading

January 18, 2020 · Leave a comment

When the Treasure Chest is itself a Treasure…

When the Treasure chest is itself a treasure, how should one store the treasure chest? In the world of art and crafts there seems to be no end to the … Continue reading

January 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

Textiles in Ancient Indian Murals

Ikat and other Textile Patterns in Ancient Wall Murals in South India ❤️

January 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

Grateful for a Spectacular 2019

I must be doing something right – to get reviews I can be so proud of .. from a Hollywood producer, a US Ambassador to India, a noted expert & … Continue reading

December 28, 2019 · 2 Comments

The Most Important Currency

In a lecture on Buddhism I begin with the fundamental pillars on which the ideology is built : 1) Karma and 2) Self management in ways to eliminate suffering. Karma … Continue reading

October 22, 2019 · Leave a 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

Textiles in a Textile – Study of a 17th C Kalamkari – 2

Textiles & Costumes of the 17th Century depicting Indian & Persian styles. How many can you count in this one?   The only frustration is that we cannot make out … Continue reading

October 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

WHO are these MEN?

Fascinating to find five men lurking in a soumac rug fragment….. Here they are! Am assuming they are men because of the hair. The lower half is mermaidesque … am … Continue reading

October 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Hybrid Art 7 – Kashmir Shawl

Finding pieces that are ‘pure’ in their identity is always a pleasure. But finding pieces that have some hybrid qualities adds excitement to the process of discovery of the character … Continue reading

October 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Who knew! Butterfly Wing Art

Who could have imagined that the world went through a phase in which they made paintings using butterfly wings! With a short lifespan of 2 weeks, it may well be … Continue reading

October 9, 2019 · Leave a comment

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

A fabulous work of art that also presents us with a glimpse of textiles and costumes in use in India in the 17th century. This rumal bears a date and … Continue reading

October 5, 2019 · 2 Comments

A Flock of Sheep in the Living Room

From the late 1800s many towns of the Kuba district were centres of production for Soumac rugs but most were produced in workshops and exhibited a certain order in the … Continue reading

October 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Signs of Ageing

Last year as I took out some of white-base Thirma Phulkari shawls for a client, I could not help noticing the huge difference in the colors of the base cloth … Continue reading

October 2, 2019 · 7 Comments

Museum Walk – African Masks & More

A Photo essay on the amazing African collection of the De Young museum, San Francisco. There are about 150 photos so get your cup of coffee and enjoy this virtual … Continue reading

September 30, 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

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