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The Girl with the Dragon

Can you spot her? . . . . . Isn’t she lovely? See more of this gorgeous not-for-sale antique dragon sumac rug here on WOVENSOULS – asset 1379. *** jm … Continue reading

May 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Art of Marble Jalis

Seen at the magnificent Mumbai Airport Museum. Cannot get enough of this airport! jm April 2019

April 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

Art, Astrology & Zodiac Animals

Adapted from my talk on the subject Tibetan astrology borrows from Hindu constructs as well as Chinese constructs. Through artworks, let us explore the Chinese astrological model with its 12 … Continue reading

April 11, 2019 · 2 Comments

Krishna’s Raas Lila in Silk Embroidery

Art Fix for the Day – Two Rumals with double-sided embroidery!

March 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

Bless the Kohistani Creator!

“Gulposh kabhi itraaye kahin Mehke to nazar aa jaaye kahin” Only the brilliant A. R. Rahman’s lyrics are appropriate for this outstanding masterpiece from Kohistan. “A flower may try to … Continue reading

January 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

Rare Swat Wedding Shawl with ‘Self’ Embroidery

Just when I’d thought I’d seen the complete range of the niche textile art from Swat Valley, along comes a piece that challenges that belief and nudges me out of my smug stupor.  – Exploring a Rare Swat Valley Artwork

December 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Confused About Classification! Silver or Silk?

In awe of an antique Benarasi Sari with real silver sari!

December 11, 2018 · 5 Comments

Artwork of the Day

A Peacock takes a little ram for a walk! What an endearing example of folk creativity! Seen in this most-beloved AntiqueQashqai Shekarlu rug that I cannot get enough of! More … Continue reading

October 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Raincoats of the Fortunate – Bhutan Textiles

Destinies differ between individuals. And between people groups. In the plate of destiny granted to me, raincoats were made of plastic. In the plate of the fortunate, raincoats were works … Continue reading

August 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

External Article: Italy’s last Sea Silk Master (on BBC)

Byssus, or sea silk, is one of the rarest and most coveted materials in the world – and this is the last person on Earth who still knows how to … Continue reading

July 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Rare Art of Double Sided Shia Embroidery

It is said that this art is no longer practiced. I am told they come from the Swat valley neighborhood and since there are not enough such textiles these are … Continue reading

June 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Artwork of the Day 

Amazing Ethnic Art worn by a very small minority group in Guizhou China.  Asset 228 on WOVENSOULS.COM Enjoy the Visual Feast!  

June 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

Wealth of  Ladakh 

Photos of photo prints of women wearing traditional jewelry at festivals.  The magnificentv Petak headdress has been discussed earlier.  But the  others have not received enough attention!  Here are sone … Continue reading

May 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

A Visit to Phyang Monastery

Sat still within the ancient halls with only a young monk in attendance. Time passed unmarked by minutes and seconds. What do these matter when the walls have seen centuries!  … Continue reading

May 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Artwork of the Day: Mirrors of Identity

A pair of Chaakla Decorative Textiles from Gujarat with rare golden mirrors Asset 152 on WOVENSOULS.COM  

April 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – Beshir Rug with Ikat Motif

A simple little work of textile art getting its time in the morning sun! This little piece was most probably woven by Beshir nomads in Turkmenistan. With a good exchange … Continue reading

March 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Sentinels & Thresholds 

The threshold is a very important line in a traditional Indian home.  It is washed and decorated beautifully every day with auspicious symbols  drawn in powder by the woman of … Continue reading

February 28, 2018 · 4 Comments

Silken flowers from Gujarat India 

One more fabulous piece from Gujarat! At first I thought it was a print … until I read the explanatory note! ❤️ This textile is from the V & A … Continue reading

February 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

A Tent Hanging from India

The series on the V & A textiles continues with the printed tent hanging! Makes me think that I should pay some more attention to prints …   From the … Continue reading

January 31, 2018 · Leave a comment

Sunbathing in Goa

The beauties get their annual sunbath!  ❤️

January 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

A Kalamkari Coverlet – Antique Indian Textiles

A visit to any museum can be exhausting and the maximum I can handle is about 1 – 2 hours of exposure. In any given hall there are always too … Continue reading

January 23, 2018 · 2 Comments

The Bridal Sari of the erstwhile Queen of Sawantwadi 1922

I’ve seen a dozen or so amazing  antique zari  saris but none has been as unusual as this one seen in the museum of Sawantwadi, This shalu – a zari … Continue reading

December 27, 2017 · 6 Comments

On My Coffee Table 

The advantage of my nomadic life is that I forget tbe pieces strewn around the other spaces that I dwell in (and that dwell inside me….).  and so I see … Continue reading

December 21, 2017 · 1 Comment

The Art of War – Motifs in an Embroidery

Surely Sun Zhu meant THIS arr?  More photos coming soon on WOVENSOULS.com

November 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Preview – Wovensouls @ The Arts House

WOVENSOULS HEIRLOOMS @ The Arts House, Nov 24th RSVP appreciated http://bit.ly/2y7gWNd Wealth was once measured by objects that were rich in ‘soul’ i.e. the soul of the individual, the soul … Continue reading

November 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Art of Africa

Of course Africa is too large to be clubbed into one art group … But that made a nice title … The Art of the Yoruba caught my eye recently. … Continue reading

October 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Phulkari Auction

21 Phulkaris to be auctioned globally on November 24th, 2017.   VISIT THE AUCTION WEBSITE here Oct 2017   antique art, antique embroidery, antique Indian, antique Indian textiles, ANTIQUE SHAWL, … Continue reading

October 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Hidden Gems – new sightings in old acquisitions! 

In an embroidery rich in texture and motifs and age, it was easy to miss the 5th color used sparingly – it hid within the flowers – almost shy of … Continue reading

September 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Who doesn’t enjoy Music in the Park! 

MUSIC IN THE PARK – Notes in Silk!!! Just received this beauty made in Canton a century ago! Am yet to count the number of instruments being played  in this … Continue reading

September 12, 2017 · 2 Comments

Courtship in Silk

Daily Art Fix – motif on an amazing wearable antique cantonese shawl!  ❤️

September 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Beaded Textiles from Rajasthan?!! 

Just noticed the fabulous beadwork on a shawl from Rajasthan that I’ve had for awhile.  Endless delights in old acquisitions…   All from the WOVENSOULS collection!  ❤️

August 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Life in the Years / Years in the Life

“It’s not the years in the life that matter – it is the life in the years that count”

June 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – Antique Burma Manuscript

Exploring an antique Buddhist manuscript from Burma, dated 1874

May 24, 2017 · 1 Comment

Antique Batik Toraja Ceremonial Textile Artwork – Available for Sale

Available for Sale: Antique Toraja Batik Ceremonial Textile

May 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

Antique Balinese Lontar Beaded Basket – Available for Sale

Available for sale: ANtique Balinese Ceremonial Lontar Beaded Basket

May 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Vintage Rajasthan Tribal Textile – Available for Sale

Available for Sale – Antique Shekhawati Tribal Shawl Odhana – embroidery on coarse handwoven cotton

May 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

Vintage Laotian Textile Art – Available for Sale

Available for Sale: Vintage Laotian Textile

May 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Antique Sindh Embroidered Wedding Shawl – Available for Sale

Available for Sale – Antique Sindh Embroidered Wedding Shawl

May 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

Antique Tantric Phurba Carving – Available for Sale

Fourteen little pieces strung together in a necklace. Not an ordinary necklace but one that was used in rituals by tantric priests. Each is a Phurba made of Yak bone … Continue reading

January 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Old Silver Opium Hafeem Box – Available for Sale

Available for Sale: Old Silver Opium Box

January 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Old Tribal Beaded Hair Ornaments for a Child – Available for Sale

Handmade Beaded Hair ornaments for a child. How are these worn? These are fastened to the hair at the level of the eyes – somewhat like blinkers perhaps? Here is … Continue reading

December 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Art for Fun – 16th Century Goose Game & Chess Board

Daily Art Fix – Art for Fun … Beautiful Game Board from 16th century Gujarat on display at the Met Museum, NYC

December 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

Museum Walk – Lacquered Papier Mache Art

Just a few photos of one more form of art – lacquered papier-mache objects. Manuscript covers and pen cases are the most common items in this type of art.   … Continue reading

December 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Art for Our Pets

Do we love our pets enough to make such lovely things for them? Banjara Bullock Horn Covers See more on wovensouls.com Am sure handsome young Simba wouldn’t mind one more … Continue reading

December 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

Rise of the Phoenix – Antique Silk Batik Shawl – Available for Sale

Or is it an enormous bee? This style of hand drawn batik (on silk) was created in Java for the Balinese market. This piece is in such a lovely condition … Continue reading

July 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Art of Africa – Kente Cloth – Available for Sale

A piece in a museum store priced at US$4000 (only) caught my eye. Such a high valuation piqued my interest and I began reading. The palimpsest of Kente cloths is … Continue reading

June 11, 2016 · 3 Comments

Welcome to The Art Blog

“The purpose of art is washing off the dust of daily life off our souls” – Pablo Picasso

Presenting my notes on the diverse folk arts of Asia and the stimulating cultural stories contained within them – Jaina Mishra

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March 16, 2016 · 3 Comments

The Hunger of an Unfulfilled Dream – Mughal Ganjifa Cards

Years ago, in 2006, I met a friend from high school. We used to be very close in school as only girls can be. And then life happened and we … Continue reading

January 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Protective Spirits from the Past

  There are Dayak Baby Carriers and then there are Dayak Baby Carriers. Spirits in some recent ones are wearing clothing and jewelry – like vests and underwear!  Maybe it … Continue reading

January 19, 2016 · 1 Comment

INVITATION – Antique Indian Textile Art @ The Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, Singapore

BAZAR: SAT & SUN 21st, 22nd, 28th, 29th November 4pm-8pm A mini-exhibition will showcase some textile masterpieces from the past. Some pieces from the wovensouls collection will also be available … Continue reading

November 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – A Thousand Silent Bells

Heavy Silent Jhanjhar from Maharashtra, Early 1900s The latest addition to the Wovensouls collection Read more about Payal Traditions here. jm Oct 2015.

October 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

For Interior Decor Specialists & Art Consultants

Funded by passion we work in the niche area of collecting & curating the art and the beauty of the Vanishing Cultures of Asia. Their timeless beauty has the potential … Continue reading

September 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Gates of Heaven – The Darshan Dwar Phulkari Embroidery Textile

Devotional Textiles – Phulkari Baghs of Punjab

July 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

DAILY ART FIX – AN ARTWORK A DAY

An addict constantly needs a fix to keep him stable. Me – in moments of extreme stress I find solace & peace in viewing works of traditional art. In normal … Continue reading

July 7, 2015 · 3 Comments

Daily Art Fix – Kinnaur Weaving

Click to view more images of this recently woven shawl from Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh, India. Daily Art Fix – Kinnaur Weaving July 2015 textile art, himachal weaving, himachal textile, India … Continue reading

July 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Karakalpak Motifs – Art in Geometry

              Sometimes it is enough to just enjoy the visual without knowing the meaning… View the complete piece and other images here on wovensouls,com … Continue reading

July 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Old Age Alone is not Enough to be Attractive

Old age alone is not enough to be attractive. And conversely youth alone is not enough to be rejected. *** “I want to be different” she said. In a village … Continue reading

July 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – A Thousand Stars in a Black Sky

Click to see more images of this gorgeous Kohistani shawl Daily Art Fix – A Thousand Stars in a Black Sky jm June 2015

June 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – Colors of Anatolia

     I have been dreaming about the border of this fragment of 2 halves of this 19th century kilim ever since I laid eyes on it!   So much … Continue reading

June 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix

Motifs from the 16th century Usak Carpet               From the Museum of Turkish & Islamic Art, Istanbul Jm June 2015

June 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Sunwash for the Wool Artworks

Flooding them with rays of the complete solar spectrum including ultraviolet & infrared spectrum that the micro-residents of wool-land finf fatal! Today it is  the turn of the beloved old … Continue reading

June 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – Tribal Silver with Blue Green Enamel

from the wovensouls collection jm May 2015

May 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Thai Paintings – Mediums of Mythology

  Art of art’s sake is the rage of the day! Paintings of red dots on orange backgrounds fetch 6 figure prices and no one really seems to know why! … Continue reading

April 14, 2015 · 2 Comments

Anarchy & Chaos in a Tribal Textile!

Most traditional textiles seem to follow the patterns that are unique to their tribe. These patterns probably began with some seed of an idea and then evolved over generations to … Continue reading

February 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

DAILY ART FIX – Gujarat Embroidery

RUSTIC TRIBAL EMBROIDERY WITH GORGEOUS NATURAL COLORS ON COARSE HAND SPUN COTTON! JM. .

January 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Daggers in the Heart – Textile Art to die for!

The Ain-i Akbari manuscript, a part of the Akbarnama volumes written by Abu’l-Fazl in 1621 documents various weapons used in the Mughal era. Among the weapons described is the Jamdhar … Continue reading

January 12, 2015 · 2 Comments

DAILY ART FIX – Wall Decor Ideas

Thirma Bagh Phulkari from the early-mid 1800s used as a centre piece in the contemporary minimalistic living room! View more photos of this rare & fantastic textile here jm Jan … Continue reading

January 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

DAILY ART FIX – Gujarat Textile Art

Vintage “Chakla / Chaakda” Wall artwork in the form of cotton embroidery. From Gujarat, India. [VTI-719 on the wovensouls website. ] jm Jan 2015

January 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Loin Cloths – Art in Frugality

It appears to me from media, from the TV shows, films and music, especially those from Hollywood & Bollywood, that the world today is obsessed and preoccupied with matters of … Continue reading

November 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – Home Decor 4

Ideas for Interior Wall Art Decor Decorating with  an Heirloom Perak Headdress from Ladakh. To view Peraks visit the Jewelry Gallery of wovenouls.com jm Dec 2014

November 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Textile Ethnography – Markers of Migration

The inevitable outcome of passion –  if one can afford it –  is heavy expenditure. I mean expenditure of the most scarce resource i.e. “time”. In my case, much of … Continue reading

November 21, 2014 · 2 Comments

AN ARTWORK A DAY – Antique Vietnam Beaded Weaving

Antique Vietnam Sapa Beaded Woven Textile Skirt

October 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

AN ARTWORK A DAY – Rustic Theli from Gujarat

To be added on wovensouls.com soon

October 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

AN ARTWORK A DAY – A Peacock Strolls to the Flower Patch

Antique Textile from Gujarat

October 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Art from the Swat Valley – an external article

Recommended reading on Swat Valley: Link to An article by Doris Srinivasan To view textile artworks from Swat & around please click on this link.

September 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

AN ARTWORK A DAY – The Camel Caravan Odhana

The fantastic “Camel Caravan Odhana” from the Bishnoi community Rajasthan

September 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

AN ARTWORK A DAY – Antique Vietnam Beaded Weaving

Antique Vietnam Sapa Beaded Woven Textile Skirt

September 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Jatripatti – Antique Traditional Paintings of Puri, Odisha

This style of painting that has a subject focus of the temple of Lord Jagannath at Puri, India, is now extinct unfortunately. Hindus have four important pilgrimage spots -known as … Continue reading

August 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Dilemma of Fragments

Age destroys many materials. Textiles succumb. They fade, they see wear and tear through usage, their dyes eat into the cloth slowly over time, and direct light exposure takes the … Continue reading

February 17, 2014 · 1 Comment

Wovensouls ‘Vanishing Cultures’ Exhibition Highlights |Antique Yao Paintings

Pair of Yao Ritual Paintings. This set from the Kin Mun Yao of Northern Vietnam and is of significant age. Microscopic examination of the paper reveals an unfamiliar fabric like … Continue reading

February 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Wovensouls ‘Vanishing Cultures’ Exhibition Highlights | Rare Awadh Shield

A very rare shield. March 7, 8, 9   | 10am – 7pm The Arts House, (Old Parliament) | Singapore. MORE DETAILS : ‘VANISHING CULTURES’ – An Exhibition of Cultural Photographs … Continue reading

February 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Intriguing Balinese Calendars – Palindon & Palelintangan

In a world with so many different cultures with divergent ideologies and beliefs, naturally there are as many ways to mark the passage of time and predict fortunes. I studied … Continue reading

December 6, 2013 · 5 Comments

Mystical Gold Ornaments from the past

When I look at some  of the ornaments from the past, they leave me awestruck! The art & craft within them is doubtlessly stunning. But beyond that, there is an … Continue reading

November 19, 2013 · 2 Comments

The Enigmatic Ceremonial Weavings from Sumatra

The beginning of my latest article published on Jozan.net: 1. INTRODUCTION Weaving of ceremonial cloths ceased in Lampung, Sumatra at the end of the 19th century. This phenomenon of the … Continue reading

November 9, 2013 · 4 Comments

The beauty of a Powerful Red Dragon

Of the 12 signs of the Chinese Zodiac, the dragon is the most powerful animal associated with a given year in the cycle of 12 years. Children born in the … Continue reading

October 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

Wovensouls makes its first sale to a Museum!

Time for celebration! Wovensouls has just made its first sale to a museum. That the buyer is a renowned museum with one of the best cultural collections in the world … Continue reading

January 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

Pattachitra Art of Assam

Pattachitra is similar to ‘storyboards’ or stories told along with pictures. The tales depicted are usually derived from epics such as Bhagawat and Ramayana. In ancient India, this art was … Continue reading

February 18, 2011 · 3 Comments

Rural art & crafts of Assam

Art arises as an expression of common people as expressions of culture, expression of religion and expression of belief. In cases where the art form finds a patron, the technique … Continue reading

February 18, 2011 · Leave a comment

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