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TALK: Use of Textiles in Headhunting Ceremonies / Borneo / 1800s

Invitation to the short, exploratory & photo-filled talk “The Use of Textiles in Headhunting Ceremonies / Borneo / 1800s”

July 15, 2021 · Leave a comment

Monk’s Cham Dance / Ladakh

Just posting a video of a Cham Dance during Spituk Gustor held in winter. See more photographs of costumes of monks including Pattu Hats, Gyaser brocades and textiles in monasteries … Continue reading

April 27, 2021 · 3 Comments

Animal Antics – A Shekarlu Rug

On my first trip to Ladakh in 2011, I met some nomad children through serendipity, and was fascinated by their life so much that I decided to instantly follow them … Continue reading

February 4, 2021 · 3 Comments

Identity – The Red Cloth

In about half of India, this red cloth stands for a very specific interest. If you like this it a MUST-have and fans will go even 20 kilometers in super-dense … Continue reading

January 11, 2021 · 1 Comment

Mahashivrati at The Kashi Vishwanath Temple

Devout Hindus say that going to the Kashi Vishwanath temple happens when you are called. They say that it is one of the holiest places a Hindu could visit as … Continue reading

August 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

Rang Bhari Ekadashi & Holi at Kashi Vishwanath Mandir, Banaras

  Ready to throw Abeer on the Shiva-Parvati Gauna Procession just as they enter the temple.     Happy Holi …..   Shots of Rangbhari Ekadashi – the Gauna of … Continue reading

August 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Musician

Indian Classical Music has a special style called the Banaras Gharana that originated in this magical place. And most students in the city learn Hindustani classical music in some form … Continue reading

August 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

Life & Death & Thanatology

The first trip to Banaras in 2016 had a spiritual purpose: to immerse the ashes of my grandma in the Gangaji. Death brought me to Banaras the first time. And … Continue reading

August 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

A Silk Route Trader Speaks

We hear about the Silk Road all the time. As I had erroneously thought earlier, there was no single source and destination. There were many sources, hubs and several destinations … Continue reading

August 2, 2020 · Leave a comment

A Wedding ‘Muklawa’ Scene in a Textile

The term ‘Big Fat Indian Wedding’ has been coined in the recent times. But it has existed for decades. Even in families with limited means, a wedding supercedes all other … Continue reading

July 4, 2020 · 1 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

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

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

Museum Walk – African Masks & More

A Photo essay on the amazing African collection of the De Young museum, San Francisco. There are about 150 photos so get your cup of coffee and enjoy this virtual … Continue reading

September 30, 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

Museum Walk – Papua New Guinea Shields & Spirit Boards

A visit to the De Young Museum enthralls even though I had NO clue what  was looking at. The culture is brought out in the art, but sadly, clueless me … Continue reading

September 25, 2019 · Leave a 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

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