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Use of Sungkit Textiles in Headhunting Ceremonies / Borneo / 1800s

This note is about the use of Textiles in extinct ceremonies & practices in the 1800s in Borneo. Please be aware and proceed to read only if the title appeals to you.

July 19, 2021 · Leave a comment

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Mysteries within Textiles

Mysteries hidden in the Tampan Ship cloths of Sumatra … Am enjoying the stimulation of “what does this mean” in each and every piece. Looking closely at the arrangement of … Continue reading

May 6, 2021 · 3 Comments

The Thrill of Discovering New Old Arts

So in my collecting habits, I am like a butterfly … go after whatever entices the heart or the eye. Most of the time the pieces that allure fall within … Continue reading

February 26, 2021 · 3 Comments

Something Unusual .. A Blue Base Suzani

Am new to the category of Suzanis. No books. No hours spent looking at images. No museum visits. So forgive me if I have made a mistake with this one. … Continue reading

December 13, 2020 · 1 Comment

The Showstopper

THE SHOWSTOPPER at the Phulkari AUCTION Sep 6 on Liveauctioneers. A Rare BAGH Sainchi Phulkari … with the base cloth completely covered up in silk stitches! As in all Sainchis … Continue reading

September 5, 2020 · 1 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

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

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

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

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

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

Desert Art – Motifs of the Bishnoi People

How can one not love this art? In my few trips to Rajasthan I’ve not had the good fortune of seeing these in-situ .. being worn by the Bishnoi women. … Continue reading

August 26, 2019 · 1 Comment

Animal Love

We all love our animals! The Qashqai weaver put hers in her rug while I had a few sweet moments with a sheep & a goat in my lap! See … Continue reading

August 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

July News

Lots has happened in my world of textiles, art and culture recently Recent additions on wovensouls, talks that I wish I could attend, new functionalities launched in the gallery, important … Continue reading

June 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

A Sumba Queen’s Gift

The joy of the day is a Sumba Queen’s gift to her daughter And to all of us in the textile-art world. For here we are enjoying her creation from … Continue reading

June 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

A Lesson in Azerbaijan Flatweaves

A little lesson on Azerbaijan flatweaves offering a distinction between the Verneh, the Sileh, the Shadda and the Soumac.

June 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

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