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Museum Walk – Mataram Museum, Indonesia

Just a quick post with photos from the Mataram museum in Lombok Indonesia (an island east of Bali). First, the piece that I enjoyed the most … a figurative woven … Continue reading

March 30, 2021 · 5 Comments

A Lesson in Humility

This Pua Kumbu Sungkit (Link) that has just recently arrived to grace my life, reminded me of a personal anecdote that taught me a lesson. Years ago, I saw my … Continue reading

October 6, 2020 · 3 Comments

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

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

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

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

Museum Walk – Asian Art Museum

An ambitious name that includes all of Asia. I wonder if they knew what they were getting into when they started … For Asia is the home of diversity and … Continue reading

September 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

Installing Rugs on the Wall – The Met

Fascinating 2 minute film! *** Sep 2019

September 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Jewelry – Style of Ancient Gods

The Asian Art Museum in San Francisco has a fabulous collection of ancient Buddhist & Hindu Temple statues. As I saw the various stone masterpieces, I could not help noticing … Continue reading

August 29, 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

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

A Note on Phulkari Classification

A compilation of my jottings on Phulkaris Textiles of Punjab

April 30, 2019 · 4 Comments

Rare Swat Wedding Shawl with ‘Self’ Embroidery

Just when I’d thought I’d seen the complete range of the niche textile art from Swat Valley, along comes a piece that challenges that belief and nudges me out of my smug stupor.  – Exploring a Rare Swat Valley Artwork

December 18, 2018 · 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

Waiting…. The Antique Shekarlu Qashqai Rug

For years I’ve eyed Shekarlu rugs. Their identity is highly evolved and very striking! Very rustic in character the rugs are filled with an extravagant number of minor motif elements … Continue reading

September 17, 2018 · 3 Comments

External Article – Ramayan of Rani Laxmi of Jhansi

  An article about  art, culture and history! The monumental work sold for just over GBP200000! https://www.christies.com/features/5-mins-with-Ramayana-9234-1.aspx The sum probably does not reflect the historical value!     jm  

August 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

Made in 3 Places – Batik Tiga Negeri

In the world of modern mass production – the only world young people in their twenties (in my world) know – the concept of getting clothes made does not exist. … Continue reading

July 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Along came a Ganjifa Set…

And took my sleep away! Why are these little artworks so attractive? Or elusive? A complete set consisting of 120 cards is very very rare! The odd card is seen … Continue reading

June 25, 2018 · 1 Comment

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