Notes on Culture & Antique Art, Ethnic Decor & Vintage Fashion | Wovensouls Art Gallery

Butterflies of Indonesia

And just when I thought I was done with the lessons in the Fauna of lovely Indonesia, along comes another Batik that showcases the butterflies of the islands: And the … Continue reading

August 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Rise of the Phoenix – Antique Silk Batik Shawl – Available for Sale

Or is it an enormous bee? This style of hand drawn batik (on silk) was created in Java for the Balinese market. This piece is in such a lovely condition … Continue reading

July 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Textiles in Ancient Balinese Paintings

Life is full of choices and the worst challenges are choosing between two bad choices or between two good choices. Shall I buy a painting or a textile? Shall I … Continue reading

January 14, 2016 · 2 Comments

A Cup of Unusual Brew

A Cup of Unusual Brew – a note on Luwak Coffee

December 30, 2015 · 1 Comment

Javanese Paternal Bonding Ritual

Semarang, Central Java. Dec 15th, 2015.   A culture as old as Java is likely to have highly evolved rituals and traditions. And quite naturally their system of beliefs and … Continue reading

December 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

Indonesian Archipelago Diaries

Traveling through active Volcanoes that spewed ash just 2 months ago! Ancient Temples & Prehistoric Dragons, Coral reef snorkelling (and a few lectures) beckon! The villages of Borobudur &  Prambanan … Continue reading

December 15, 2015 · 15 Comments

Kris Hilts – Art & Collections

Every now and then in auction houses, I come across a few dozen pieces of some category coming up for sale. It seems like a whole collection is being given … Continue reading

December 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Melted-wax Art – Javanese Batik

Exploring the art of Javanese Batik

October 10, 2015 · 1 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

Antique Java Topeng Masks and Wayang Topeng

Wayang Topeng is an Indonesian dance form that uses masks such as the ones shown below, that evolved in the 16th century. Performances enact Javanese stories about 12th century heroes … Continue reading

July 11, 2011

A Visit to Borobudur

2008. I wrote about it on another site. But the nature of the internet is such that things get lost easily. Nothing is as permanent as paper. But am sure … Continue reading

January 17, 2011 · 2 Comments

Java Diaries

A Visit to Borobudur Javanese Batik Wood Art Antique Java Topeng Masks and Wayang Topeng Javanese Batik Textile Art

August 12, 2010 · Leave a comment


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