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Wovensouls at The Arts House, Singapore

For those who couldn’t make it an event report in pictures: Spending the day amidst these gifts from the past make me forget the concept of time How is it … Continue reading

November 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Walking the Dog

And the bird in the cage. Scene in a double sided embroidery from the early 1900s.  But could well have been a snapshot from modern day Singapore!  More photos of … Continue reading

November 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Preview – Wovensouls @ The Arts House

WOVENSOULS HEIRLOOMS @ The Arts House, Nov 24th RSVP appreciated http://bit.ly/2y7gWNd Wealth was once measured by objects that were rich in ‘soul’ i.e. the soul of the individual, the soul … Continue reading

November 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Encore! Wovensouls Sale at The Arts House

  After the successful September Exhibition at The Arts House, we received numerous requests for an encore! So this November, we will be offering some of our beloved antique works … Continue reading

November 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Negative Spaces

“Negative space, in art, is the space around and between the subject(s) of an image. Negative space may be most evident when the space around a subject, not the subject … Continue reading

September 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Who doesn’t enjoy Music in the Park! 

MUSIC IN THE PARK – Notes in Silk!!! Just received this beauty made in Canton a century ago! Am yet to count the number of instruments being played  in this … Continue reading

September 12, 2017 · 2 Comments

Heirlooms – Strength of Identity

Identity, like character, takes years to develop. The ideas that we surround ourselves with – from the larger philosophy of life to the little material beauties that we surround ourselves … Continue reading

August 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Invitation: ‘Heirlooms’ Exhibition & Sale – Singapore

  Can you feel the love that went into making these antique CRADLE CLOTHS? Come visit “Heirlooms” to experience the difference that love & passion make in the creation of … Continue reading

August 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Beaded Textiles from Rajasthan?!! 

Just noticed the fabulous beadwork on a shawl from Rajasthan that I’ve had for awhile.  Endless delights in old acquisitions…   All from the WOVENSOULS collection!  ❤️

August 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Invitation: “Heirlooms” Exhibition & Sale

Come enjoy the Visual Feast And acquire an heirloom or two Every few years, the treasure chests of the WOVENSOULS collection, filled with heirloom shawls, ancestral tribal jewelry and  rare … Continue reading

August 10, 2017 · 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

Textile Art Events @ The Esplanade, Singapore

1. Large Displays of Indian Textile Art View two magnificent large Phad paintings and two large mesmerising mirrorwork Dhaniyo artworks from Gujarat displayed in the Foyer. Nov 9th – Nov … Continue reading

November 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – Tile Art

Art in our surroundings: Somewhere in Chinatown, Singapore jm May 2015

May 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Mrityor Ma Amritam Gamaya – Immortal Mr. Lee Kuan Yew

asato ma sat gamaya tamaso ma jyotir gamaya mrityorma amritam gamaya In the moment of untruth let me see the truth In the moment of  darkness let me see light, … Continue reading

March 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

‘Vanishing Cultures’ Exhibition Opens

A few minutes before the exhibition opens: The things in this room – the textiles & the photographs, the stories behind their acquisition, the people in the photos & the … Continue reading

March 7, 2014 · 1 Comment

Catalogue of Exhibition “Vanishing Cultures” Singapore, March 7-9, 2014

Click on this link to view the the Exhibition Catalog highlights Hope to see you at the exhibition! jm

February 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

A delightful day with a Textile Connoisseur

Textile collectors are few. And so when there is an opportunity to meet up, it is always a pleasure. And when the other collector is a connoisseur and a Guru, … Continue reading

February 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

ANNOUNCEMENT : ‘VANISHING CULTURES’ – An Exhibition of Cultural Photographs & Antique Traditional Arts

The Gallery @ The Arts House (Old Parliament) Come enjoy a visual feast – view the collection gathered over a decade of travels and acquire a piece or two and … Continue reading

February 12, 2014 · 1 Comment

Wovensouls ‘Vanishing Cultures’ Exhibition Highlights |Antique Yao Paintings

Pair of Yao Ritual Paintings. This set from the Kin Mun Yao of Northern Vietnam and is of significant age. Microscopic examination of the paper reveals an unfamiliar fabric like … Continue reading

February 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Singapore based Business Consulting for India Market Entry : Bridges.sg

Entering a new market is challenging. In some markets more than others. Allow us to build you BRIDGES across all the hurdles. Allow us to be your local support   … Continue reading

January 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

A view from a Skyscraper

A word that was probably coined sometime in the past 100 years by the people down below who saw the building to be scraping the sky. But from the top … Continue reading

August 12, 2013 · 3 Comments

Majulah Singapura – National Day Parade 2013

Happy Birthday Singapore. Born in the year of the Snake, Singapore completes 48 years today in the presence of the visionary founder Lee Kuan Yew. A few pictures taken while … Continue reading

August 10, 2013 · 2 Comments

The Hungry Ghost and Shraadh Rituals

Today is the first day after the NO-MOON night. For the many religions that mark their lives with the moon’s revolutions this date marks the first day of a new … Continue reading

August 9, 2013 · 2 Comments

Honey from a Honeycomb at breakfast

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Ultra Urban. Offering an ultra-rural item in their brunch menu: Honey drip direct from a honeycomb! Fascinating! jm aug 2013

August 5, 2013 · 1 Comment

PRESS RELEASE : Wovensouls Website migration

The Wovensouls webgallery of antique textiles, antique jewelry and antique folk art has been redesigned and has moved to a new hosting server. The content is now available HERE. Acquire … Continue reading

July 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions in Singapore, Montreal & Mumbai \ Jaina Mishra , Wovensouls

June 10, 2013 · 2 Comments

SOUNDS OF SHANTI – Photography Exhibition presented by Esplanade Singapore

Esplanade Theatres, Singapore presents ‘Sounds of Shanti’ – a photography exhibition reflecting devotional music of the various cultures of Asia, in conjunction with their music festival “Tapestry of Sacred Music”. … Continue reading

April 2, 2013 · 1 Comment

Mini Photo Exhibit at the Singapore Art Museum Satellite Unit Opening at Taman Jurong

In pictures 5 photograph prints were selected for display at the opening of the Singapore Art Museum at Taman Jurong CC. The objective of having satellite units is to bring … Continue reading

January 13, 2013 · 1 Comment

Photographs of the Tribal Expressions Exhibition, Singapore

Photos of an absolutely amazing experience!  Visitors reacted beyond expectation to the people in the photos, to the photos, to the expressions of human emotion, to the expressions of tribal … Continue reading

December 3, 2012 · 3 Comments

Upcoming Talk @ The Esplanade, Singapore

Sunday November 25th, 2012 Library @ The Esplanade, Singapore Details of the talk ‘Tribal Textiles – Signatures of Identity’ may be viewed on the Esplanade website linked here jm Nov … Continue reading

November 7, 2012 · Leave a comment

Textile Artwork Curated for Esplanade Theatre, Singapore

Esplanade Theatre, Singapore has commissioned Jaina Mishra to curate a a series of Tribal Textile Artworks. These will be on display from Nov 23 – Dec 2, 2012 on the … Continue reading

October 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

Textile Art of South East Asia at the Asian Civilsations Museum

An album from a forgotten visit in 2007 to the Asian Civilisations Museum …. taken with a camera I do not even remember. A photography experience that probably made me … Continue reading

July 7, 2012 · Leave a comment

My Talk @ Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore

On Thursday, Feb 16th, I presented a talk on the magnificent Blue Veil to museum Docents, textile enthusiasts and museum enthusiasts at the Ngee Ann Auditorium at ACM in Singapore. … Continue reading

February 14, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Last Dance

The Paris Opera Ballet (France) presented at the Esplanade in Singapore recently. Before I entered the private box that I had a seat in, the hosts – the Esplanade management … Continue reading

February 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

Intense Spirituality – the Thaipusam Festival

They say spirituality awakens at a particular moment – and that moment is necessarily different for each person. I do not think I have reached my moment yet. But I … Continue reading

February 7, 2012 · 2 Comments

Ladakh Diaries

“LADAKH – THE HERMIT KINGDOM”  PROVIDES AN INTRODUCTION TO LADAKH AND IS A PREFACE TO A SERIES OF SUBJECT SPECIFIC ARTICLES ON LADAKH. In the olden days, in the Hindu … Continue reading

November 11, 2011 · 1 Comment

Shadow Puppets of Malaysia, Indonesia & South India

Wayang Kulit is the name given to folk ‘shadow’ puppet shows performed in Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia. The puppe tperformances are usually story telling mediums and most stories narrate excerpts … Continue reading

July 21, 2011

Terracotta Warriors, Xi’an – a photo gallery

Made of . These and other artifacts like bells, cranes, amulets and weapons are all widely speculated by experts to be part of the recreation of Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s … Continue reading

July 16, 2011 · 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

Intricate Nyonya Glass Beadwork – antique pieces from the Peranakan Museum, Singapore

  Peranakan culture expresses itself in many unique ways and the glass bead embroidery on articles of daily use is probably the prettiest of all Peranakan cultural signatures. Glass bead … Continue reading

April 27, 2011

Exquisite Vintage Kebayas – the costume of the Peranakan culture

Peranakan, Baba-Nyonya and Straits Chinese are terms used for descendants of the very early Chinese immigrants to the Nusantara region of British controlled Malaya and the Dutch controlled Java among … Continue reading

April 21, 2011

The Dragon Dance

A set of photos on the dragon dance. The dragon chasing the pearl shows that the dragon is continually in the pursuit of wisdom. Every unique formation has a name … Continue reading

September 10, 2010 · Leave a comment

The magnificent Lion Dance

The boys performing these feats are not professionals. They are students or young working adults who also perform the lion dance… The main performers of a team are the dancers.  … Continue reading

September 8, 2010 · 1 Comment

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