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Notes on Antique Textiles, Folk Art & Timeless Traditions – Jaina Mishra

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

A Gift from Grandma

Just launched a NEWS! page on WOVENSOULS.COM

The mini-magazine has 5-6 interesting sections …

November 7, 2018

Sleeping Under The Stars

My evening on the terrace has often turned into night. Alone with the stars and the sound of the sea and the darkness, I have found myself lying on the … Continue reading

September 30, 2018 · 1 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

Manila Manton Shawls – Early Global Textiles

Presenting a small online exhibition of palimpsest textiles – with layers of art, craft and culture contained within: The Canton Shawl aka Manila Manton aka Fringed Flapper Shawl

April 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – Saris as Textile Art!

Seen at the Victoria & Albert museum jaina mishra Feb 2018

February 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – from Gujarat again!

Late 14th–early 15th century printed textile – Gujarat! Met Museum https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/72747 Celebrate Gujarat!! Feb 2018 jaina mishra| wovensouls View more exquisite antique textiles and more on

February 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

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

Soldiers in Silk – Guns & Roses

This mesmerising silk Amli embroidery on a square pashmina shawl is from the 1800s and depicts soldiers circling around a thriving establishment. Note the deliberately highlighted flowers (roses?) amidst the … Continue reading

February 4, 2018 · 1 Comment

Daily Art Fix – An Antique Robe with Amli Embroidery

Works such as these remind us of the value added simply by the skill of an artist! The wool and the silk and the scissors could have made a robe … Continue reading

February 4, 2018 · 1 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

Walking the Dog

And the bird in the cage. Scene in a double sided embroidery from the early 1900s.  But could well have been a snapshot from modern day Singapore!  More photos of … Continue reading

November 12, 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

Daily Art Fix -Sindh Dowry Embroidery

Bless the woman who made this!! A great way to start my day …. with a dose of beauty – gives the heart a small positive kickstart!  Sept 2017

September 20, 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

Antique Sindh Embroidered Wedding Shawl – Available for Sale

Available for Sale – Antique Sindh Embroidered Wedding Shawl

May 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Story in A Sar Pallu Phulkari Textile

Before we had cartoon TV serials, we had cartoon comics. Like Tarzan and Phantom and Dennis and Amar Chitra Katha. But before that, we had textiles! And stories were written … Continue reading

August 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

Salute the Batak Textile Weaver’s Genius!

Sometimes the beauty contained within a subject is so deep and limitless that the soul is never satisfied no matter how long one beholds it. There is always one more … Continue reading

June 27, 2016 · 1 Comment

News from the Met Museum

A new exhibition featuring manuscript paintings (and therefore textiles in paintings) and textiles exploring medieval Islamic textiles in the 20th Century titled Transformed: Medieval Syrian and Iranian Art in the … Continue reading

March 17, 2016 · 1 Comment

Celebrate the Sunrise

… with a tribal weaving that has sunrise motifs. In many ways . the final days of the trip spent in Ubud, Jagpati, Kamasan and Denpasar villages were the most … Continue reading

December 23, 2015 · 4 Comments

Daiy Art Fix – A Magnificent Chope Phulkari

A Work of Art from a genius.

December 10, 2015 · 2 Comments

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

Another Vaishnav Textile!

Here is a magnificent fragment from Nepal with scenes from the Ramayan. From the Met Museum collection http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/37631 . Nov 2015

November 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Mochi or Cobbler Embroidery of Gujarat

Anyone who knows Gujarati or Hindi knows that Mochi means a cobbler. So when I first heard my dealer say that a category of very fine embroidery is known as … Continue reading

November 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Journey to Assam along a ‘Vrindavani Vastra’

It is said that if you cross the Brahmaputra river once, you will return again to cross it a total of seven times. I’ve done 3 and as I try … Continue reading

October 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Jain Chopat from the National Museum – Cultural Background of the Art

A fantastic post on the Jain Chaupat – explaining the cultural significance of the textile. Click Here to read it. jm Oct 2015

October 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Save the Best for Last – One more Palindrome-Embroidery Textile

The last addition to my Palindrome Embroidery collection is indeed the best of them all – mainly because of the outstanding color – the deep madder is so magnetic I … Continue reading

October 21, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Ceremonial Costume of Kuba Royalty

Extravagant is the only word to describe the complete costume worn by the King! “The outfit is made out of material stitched with beads and “cauris” (small shells used an … Continue reading

August 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Dowry Bags & Purses

A link to the Dowry Bags & Purses of Gujarat, India. jm July 2015

July 12, 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

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

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

The Lore of a Kilim Rug | The Lure of a Kilim Rug

One day a Yürük tribal chief saw a kilim rug cast on the ground by a tent. Looking at it brought anguish to his heart, so he called on his … Continue reading

June 21, 2015 · 1 Comment

Female Infanticide – Documented in a Sainchi Phulkari?

Looking at an antique Sainchi phulkari – a work of textile art depicting village scenes that includes a scene of female infanticide.

May 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – Gorgeous Thirma Bagh 

  Who could have guessed that the base of the silk-floss embroidered wedding cloth from Punjab is white!! From the wovensouls collection. May 2015

May 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Unexpected Dividends of Pleasure | A Unique Phulkari

Have you ever had something you liked but didn’t quite notice fully. And then one day, some details that you were blind earlier suddenly enter your consciousness and take your … Continue reading

April 18, 2015 · 1 Comment

Triangles of Passion – A Special Textile

A Bagh textile with a thousand triangles – created with love and passion

March 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

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 – Chamba Rumaal with Ramayana Scenes – MET museum collection

18th Century Rumal with Scenes from the Ramayana

February 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

EXHIBITION: Textile Museum of Canada: Children’s Hats and Clothing from China

“One of the most eloquent textile expressions of China is the embroidery undertaken for the delight and protection of children. This exhibition draws from one of the largest and earliest … Continue reading

February 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – Huqqa Mat – MET Museum

  Huqqa Mat ca. 1800 from the MET museum Click above to view the MET website

February 9, 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

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 3

Ideas for Interior Wall Art Decor Decorating with an early-mid 19th century Thirma Bagh Phulkari. To view Phulkari Baghs visit the Textile Gallery of wovenouls.com jm Nov 20, 2014

November 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Snowflake Shawl – Hazara Embroidery from the past

Presenting an old Hazara embroidery – that is as simple as it is complex. A textile that is as much for the eyes as it is for the mind! A textile that has captivated me for months. The ‘Snowflake’ Shawl

November 11, 2014 · 2 Comments

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