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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

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

Hybrid Art – 5 – Himalayan Ornament

Here is a hybrid from the Himalayas. A Taweez is worn to ward off the evil eye and is a concept that finds favor in Islamic communities. But in this … Continue reading

September 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

Hybrid Art – 4 – Phulkari Shawl

667 Amazing Sar Pallu on a navy blue Nilak base cloth. The impact of the gold & magenta against the deep blue base is amazing! But the remarkable aspect of this … Continue reading

September 30, 2019 · 1 Comment

Little Temples in Gold – Majapahit Gold Rings

Pramabanan Temples. On a  visit in 2016 I did not do it justice to the experience. At many levels. Just one day at the heritage site. A visit scheduled during … Continue reading

September 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

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

A Bird Watcher’s Delight

I’d heard of Bird Rugs ….usually associated with Afshar group of South Persia. Something like this:   But now I’m seeing a Bird Shawl! This Cantonese work of art has … Continue reading

August 21, 2019 · Leave a 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

Lion of Punjab – Sher-e-Punjab

Punjab – the land that has been facing invasions for centuries – values bravery and courage. And the lion offers an excellent metaphor for these values. Maharana Ranjit Singh was … Continue reading

July 8, 2019 · 5 Comments

All Creatures Great & Small

  The writings of explorer-authors form a bridge between our urban world and the world of nomads and other rural communities who live by different life models. Reading about those … Continue reading

July 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Life of an Old Thangka

Thangkas that were once in active use for worship hung in high places inside monasteries. They are exposed to butter-lamp vapors over decades.The inside of a monastery is filled with … Continue reading

June 26, 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

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If you have been enjoying WOVENSOULS could you please take a moment to rate the effort on Trustpilot? here:  https://www.trustpilot.com/evaluate/www.wovensouls.com It will be a huge help for my small gallery! … Continue reading

June 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Rich Motifs Rich Palette

The well-balanced aesthetics of the motif, combined with the color combination they have been rendered in, further combined with the range they are seen in in any given Arkilla make … Continue reading

June 17, 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

The Camel Caravan is Ready to Move

The caravan is rising again.  Awakening from its slumber – getting together its material resources and reigning in all the spiritual energies. Another journey ahead. What preparations remain before we … Continue reading

June 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

Games of Chance – Ganjifa

A note on the beauty of antique Mysore Ganjifa Cards

May 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

Welcoming Laxmi & Vishnu

Just look at the great detail in their textiles and ornaments! The goddess’s skirt – Sampot?   And the male costume:   And all the ornaments! In one of my … Continue reading

May 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

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

No Shoes Indoors

The origins of this  gently-but-strictly enforced rule in all traditional Asian homes might be many. But I think the real reason is the art that is displayed on the floor…. … Continue reading

May 9, 2019 · Leave a comment

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