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Bronze Art for the Rug Lover

Bronze Art by Franz Bergman seen on the internet: Cute eh? Shall we conclude that he loved rugs as well? These are cold-painted bronzes which were first cast in the … Continue reading

April 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

Why are We Buying Art

The reasons one buys art are many. The few that I could think of right away, sitting here in my armchair are presented below in ascending order of engagement levels: … Continue reading

September 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Collections! 

On this cloudy rainy morning my morning-tea companion on tbe terrace is Alexander.  And other great minds.  And lest I as a collector get carried away and think of myself … Continue reading

May 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Wearing Art – Antique Himalayan Ceremonial Silver Belt

When everything the eye sees is artistic and pleasing, where art is an intrinsic part of every object, there must be undercurrents of joy constantly hitting the people…  Maybe THAT … Continue reading

May 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

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

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

Daily Art Fix – A Thousand Silent Bells

Heavy Silent Jhanjhar from Maharashtra, Early 1900s The latest addition to the Wovensouls collection Read more about Payal Traditions here. jm Oct 2015.

October 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Guest Post – Memories of Swat – Kohistan Valley

Steve Wallace is a Textile Collector living in Australia and has kindly shared his memories of a visit to the Swat Valley three decades ago through this note. Photos are … Continue reading

June 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Fragments and other Dilemmas

In my early collecting years, I came across several collectors who would happily buy fragments and enjoy their beauty. Fragments are textiles that were damaged enough to strip them off … Continue reading

June 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Doubt & Hope | The Saga of Antique Yao Paintings

Ever had the dreaded feeling that some precious thing was lost forever? I’d been living with that feeling for over a year now! After the ‘Vanishing Cultures’ Exhibition [click to … Continue reading

April 9, 2015 · 4 Comments

The Sea Shell Museum – Viewing the world through the Awe of Another!

Picking up shells along the beach is something we all do. Every shell is unique and they fascinate all of us at least for a few moments. And then we … Continue reading

February 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

If truth be told….

Something for us collectors to mull over!! jm Jan 2015

January 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

People: Edward Gerber

As I roam the auctions galleries, one name has been appearing consistently associated with the auction lots that strike me. Edward Gerber. It is with sadness that I read the … Continue reading

November 16, 2014 · 1 Comment

Umaid Bhavan Museum – The Clock Collection

I have heard of strange collections – a collection of railway engines and a  collection hangman’s nooses! But most collectors however focus on simpler objects – like coins and clocks. … Continue reading

March 25, 2014 · 2 Comments

Salar Jung Museum – The Walking Stick Collection

Salar Jung-III must have been an interesting man. For, a collection as diverse and as interesting as this, requires before all else, the keen eye of the beholder to see … Continue reading

March 2, 2014 · 8 Comments

The Dilemma of Fragments

Age destroys many materials. Textiles succumb. They fade, they see wear and tear through usage, their dyes eat into the cloth slowly over time, and direct light exposure takes the … Continue reading

February 17, 2014 · 1 Comment

Discovering Pearls

The Pearl is not new to most of us. I got to know the pearl as a child, watching others wear them and through the many ‘plastic’ pearl chains  acquired … Continue reading

July 31, 2013 · 7 Comments

Conserving antique textiles

Antique textiles, as most textile collectors know, have inherent in them the twin problems of conservation and non-invasive display. Objects that are investments of finances as well as passions, are … Continue reading

April 7, 2011

Collectors of Art – 2

Surendrabhai is a senior gentleman – who runs one of the most successful and well-known restaurants in India. Spread over a few thousand square feet, food is served in thatched … Continue reading

August 12, 2010 · Leave a comment

Collectors of Art – 1

In my short journey in collecting that does not span even a decade, I have interacted with several collectors, through forums and personal meetings. The most inspiring person I have … Continue reading

July 14, 2010 · Leave a comment

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