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An Interesting Anecdote….. Dowry

In a recent conversation with one of my rural friends, we were speaking about a tribe that lives mainly in the desert of Rajasthan. He told me of the unique … Continue reading

October 15, 2021 · Leave a comment

Wild Life

Living with wild animals – a red leopard with spots in two colors, a yellow-headed gazelle, a striped vulture and many many others – can be very stimulating. Lots of … Continue reading

September 23, 2021 · Leave a comment

Revisiting the Kalianda Tampan Shipcloth

It gets very windy in Singapore. And things fall. And break. And this is how the glass of the frame on one of the best surviving Tampans, broke. Previously I … Continue reading

August 23, 2021 · Leave a comment

Spectacular Beadworks across Cultures

I begin my mornings ensconced in my room, away from the newspaper, away from any human contact. The thing that won’t let me sleep longer, the one thing that excites … Continue reading

April 3, 2021 · 3 Comments

Diverse Media of Dayak Art

I can actually ‘feel’ the compulsion they must have felt to decorate anything and everything around them! Literally any thing! The diversity of media used to express their highly developed … Continue reading

February 28, 2021 · 3 Comments

The Nayanar Saints – Exploration through Art

Who expected to be learning history through art? And what will we do with learning all this history? I didn’t ever think it was important to know what other did … Continue reading

October 27, 2020 · 1 Comment

Originals, Reproductions, Fakes, Investments …

….and other ramblings. *** In some categories of art it is easy to spot a reproduction. For example the Mona Lisa is a very well known painting and if we … Continue reading

October 22, 2020 · 2 Comments

Tech+Art at Christie’s

Technology at the service of art can have amazing results as can be seen from the way the Christie’s Asian Art Auction has been presented online: Take a look: Christie’s … Continue reading

September 21, 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

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

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

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

Textiles in Ancient Indian Murals

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

January 14, 2020 · 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

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

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