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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

Lost in the Maze – A Bhool Bhullaiyya Maze Phulkari Bagh

A rare pattern – the Bhool Bhullaiyya – or Maze. I look forward to finding out why such a pattern came to be – what was the reason to create … Continue reading

August 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Recent Arrivals – A Bawan Bagh joins The Wovensouls Collection

A Rare Bawan Bagh Phulkari Textile jm July 2015

July 29, 2015 · 3 Comments

Gates of Heaven – The Darshan Dwar Phulkari Embroidery Textile

Devotional Textiles – Phulkari Baghs of Punjab

July 8, 2015 · Leave a comment


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

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

Sad Story – Vanished Art

Sad observation made by a housewife who, like all the other housewives of that era. embroidered extensively in her lifetime*. [From the biography of Mrs. Krishen found in S. S. … Continue reading

May 25, 2015 · 2 Comments

Triangles of Passion – A Special Textile

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

March 30, 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

Ignorance is Bliss

Sometimes, or rather, in my case it is many times, I buy blind. i.e. I buy not quite knowing what it is that I am buying. The visual is my … Continue reading

December 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

The day I almost missed a Flight – Textiles of the Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad

In the late 80s I had heard about the Salar Jung Museum in Hyderabad and the things I heard evoked a desire to visit. Life came in the way between … Continue reading

March 2, 2014 · 4 Comments

Wovensouls ‘Vanishing Cultures’ Exhibition Highlights | Antique Phulkari Bagh

A textile art that is now extinct – the Phulkari Bagh – embroidery so thick that the base cloth cannot be seen – yet made with extremely fine untwisted silk … Continue reading

February 10, 2014 · Leave a comment


A Bagh (phulkari) textile with 52 motifs created by the family as a canopy for the bride. Created by reverse embroidery!! Precision AND creativity! Art AND craft!! All while working … Continue reading

October 7, 2013 · 8 Comments

Dowry of A Mother’s Love – The Bagh Textile of Punjab

THE DOWRY A young girl leaves her home to join another family of which she knows very little. She has spent her childhood and early youth sheltered within the large … Continue reading

July 28, 2013 · 6 Comments


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