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Lion of Punjab – Sher-e-Punjab

Punjab – the land that has been facing invasions for centuries – values bravery and courage. And the lion offers an excellent metaphor for these values. Maharana Ranjit Singh was … Continue reading

July 8, 2019 · 4 Comments

A Lesson in Azerbaijan Flatweaves

A little lesson on Azerbaijan flatweaves offering a distinction between the Verneh, the Sileh, the Shadda and the Soumac.

June 10, 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

The Girl with the Dragon

Can you spot her? . . . . . Isn’t she lovely? See more of this gorgeous not-for-sale antique dragon sumac rug here on WOVENSOULS – asset 1379. *** jm … Continue reading

May 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

A Note on Phulkari Classification

A compilation of my jottings on Phulkaris Textiles of Punjab

April 30, 2019 · 4 Comments

Tears in Heaven

We never love quite as much as at the time of saying goodbye…. I loved this piece – I loved the artist who lived a hundred years ago – I … Continue reading

March 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

Krishna’s Raas Lila in Silk Embroidery

Art Fix for the Day – Two Rumals with double-sided embroidery!

March 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

A Textile Lover’s Dream

7am As I struggled to walk barefoot at 15 degrees Centigrade on even colder marble floors – suddenly I see this vision: An unopened pile of textiles …who knows what … Continue reading

February 20, 2019 · 1 Comment

A Phulkari Fan from the Olden Days

Here’s another cultural remnant of the olden days in Punjab – A ceiling fan decorated with Phulkari work: The rope is used to swing the fan and is held by … Continue reading

February 5, 2019 · 2 Comments

A Charkha Spinning Wheel

Sighting of a decorated Charkha Spinning Wheel – used in a vanishing craft

February 3, 2019 · 1 Comment

Wearing her mother’s Bridal Haalvan Phulkari

A “haalvan” phulkari is done on very fine cotton cloth that is similar to mul mul. This is the first time I held one in my hand! All bridal textiles … Continue reading

January 30, 2019 · 2 Comments

Opium Culture – History in Art

There is too much that I do not know anything about and the role that opium played in the history of China is one of them. Were it not for … Continue reading

December 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Boundless Creativity in Motifs

Superb embroidered motifs from the North West Frontier Province region photographed from faded fragments of dress-fronts! Enjoy the feast: What thought-paths created these very aesthetically pleasing unique motifs that have … Continue reading

December 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Confused About Classification! Silver or Silk?

In awe of an antique Benarasi Sari with real silver sari!

December 11, 2018 · 5 Comments

Come Celebrate Diwali!

Diwali, one of the most celebrated festivals of India falls on Nov 7th this year. On this night, the darkest in the lunisolar calendar, Laxmi – the Goddess of Wealth … Continue reading

November 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

Service or Sacrilege? The Dilemma of Textile Art Fragments

Have you seen these? Amazing creativity isn’t it?!! ❤️ The ones that I have are in good but not in perfect condition – usage, withering natural life of the fibre … Continue reading

October 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Fine Embroidery on Indigo from the Yao Hilltribes

Collected from the source a decade ago, these lovely vintage embroidered indigo costumes of the Yao people are currently on offer as a single lot at a discounted launch price … Continue reading

October 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Artwork of the Day

A Peacock takes a little ram for a walk! What an endearing example of folk creativity! Seen in this most-beloved AntiqueQashqai Shekarlu rug that I cannot get enough of! More … Continue reading

October 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Washing Shawls in 1867

An antique Indian miniature painting from the Kyburg exhibition catalog (1988) depicts the washing of shawls The 1867 painting is possibly from Lahore, Such a treat to get  a glimpse … Continue reading

September 23, 2018 · 3 Comments

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

Book Recommendation

A good place to start! Jaina Mishra Singapore        

September 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

Art of Tunisia

The more I know, the more I realise how ignorant I am. Someone famous said something like that in a much more cogent way. Completely true for me. In the … Continue reading

September 1, 2018 · 1 Comment

Book Recommendation – Bhutan Weavings

August 24, 2018 · 3 Comments

Raincoats of the Fortunate – Bhutan Textiles

Destinies differ between individuals. And between people groups. In the plate of destiny granted to me, raincoats were made of plastic. In the plate of the fortunate, raincoats were works … Continue reading

August 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Astitva Project – August Update

For those who have provided encouragement and support and are following the story – here are some photos that just came in today. The loom is being constructed by the … Continue reading

August 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

A Man and His Dowry

In many parts of North Africa, at the time of the proposal the families discuss the dowry the man is willing to pay to get his bride. The dowry is … Continue reading

August 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

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

Beauty of The Checkerboard

Checkerboards are simple forms. Not much creativity needed to create these basic geometric forms. It could even be said that checkerboard motifs are born during one’s lazier creative moments. But … Continue reading

July 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

Birds of Indonesia

So someone said ‘why only talk talk about art always’ …. So let’s change the track a bit for today and talk about birds! I spent an hour this afternoon … Continue reading

July 24, 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

External Article: Italy’s last Sea Silk Master (on BBC)

Byssus, or sea silk, is one of the rarest and most coveted materials in the world – and this is the last person on Earth who still knows how to … Continue reading

July 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Astitva Project – Phase III

  Just as life happens just one step at a time, it seems to me that in the same way wisdom reveals itself one step at a time. It would … Continue reading

July 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Before the Blue Jeans came along…

My world seemed mighty impressed with the concept of ‘blue jeans’ when they came along in the 1970s. Everyone had to have a pair. But before that, much much before … Continue reading

June 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Rare Art of Double Sided Shia Embroidery

It is said that this art is no longer practiced. I am told they come from the Swat valley neighborhood and since there are not enough such textiles these are … Continue reading

June 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Artwork of the Day 

Amazing Ethnic Art worn by a very small minority group in Guizhou China.  Asset 228 on WOVENSOULS.COM Enjoy the Visual Feast!  

June 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

Nomadic Weavings of Chanthang

Seen in the Himalayas in the Chanthang desert in Eastern Ladakh.  Their living spaces Let’s gp in … To see their home & their weavings ​(videa to follow later) Volunteers: … Continue reading

May 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix: Kilim ON the Sofa! 

Looking good?  Antique Sarkoy kilim now adding color to the sofa!  Jm April 2018

April 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

Artwork of the Day: Mirrors of Identity

A pair of Chaakla Decorative Textiles from Gujarat with rare golden mirrors Asset 152 on WOVENSOULS.COM  

April 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Manila Manton Shawls – Early Global Textiles

Presenting a small online exhibition of palimpsest textiles – with layers of art, craft and culture contained within: The Canton Shawl aka Manila Manton aka Fringed Flapper Shawl

April 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

‘The Fringed Shawl’ – Exhibition at Berkeley

Exhibition at Berkeley, California

April 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Wealth of Motifs – Fulani Art!

What if we measured the wealth of nations by the number of indigenous motifs it has? Or the cultural history within those? Would we be fighting the same wars? Here … Continue reading

April 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

A Weaver’s Heirloom Patan Patola Sari

Rediscovering a piece from the weaver’s heirlooms – a bridal sari with fabulous double ikat hand woven raw silk!

April 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Astitva Project – Phase II

Soon we will begin the next phase of the micro project. We will work with the same ethnic group that we did last time but this time it will be … Continue reading

April 6, 2018 · 1 Comment

Responsibility of Caring for an Antique Yuncu Kilim

An endearing note from the dealer who sold me this …

March 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix: Men with an extra Arm?

Or is it a stick?  Maybe they are the sons of the weaver!  Interesting motif on an antique Kazak rug. 

March 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – Antique Kalamkari Art

A fabulous 17th C Kalamkari Artwork!

February 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

Patan Patola Ikat Weaving – HOW?

For those who wondered how! A video interview with a masterweaver Kanaiyalalbhai who explains the process step by step. To understand the technique of weaving Patan Patola double ikats and … Continue reading

February 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – Ramayan in the Chamba Valley

Amazing 18th century Chamba Rumaal with scenes from the Ramayan https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/72821 Sita’s Fire Test   Killing Ravan – A rare depiction with the severed heads and arms Am completed WOWed  … Continue reading

February 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Silken flowers from Gujarat India 

One more fabulous piece from Gujarat! At first I thought it was a print … until I read the explanatory note! ❤️ This textile is from the V & A … Continue reading

February 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Soldiers in Silk – Guns & Roses

This mesmerising silk Amli embroidery on a square pashmina shawl is from the 1800s and depicts soldiers circling around a thriving establishment. Note the deliberately highlighted flowers (roses?) amidst the … Continue reading

February 4, 2018 · 1 Comment

Daily Art Fix – An Antique Robe with Amli Embroidery

Works such as these remind us of the value added simply by the skill of an artist! The wool and the silk and the scissors could have made a robe … Continue reading

February 4, 2018 · 1 Comment

Daily Art Fix – Textile Art of Gujarat – AGAIN! 

I might be accused of bias as Gujarat is my home state – but since I am not the only one to be smitten by Gujarat I might be absolved … Continue reading

February 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

A Tent Hanging from India

The series on the V & A textiles continues with the printed tent hanging! Makes me think that I should pay some more attention to prints …   From the … Continue reading

January 31, 2018 · Leave a comment

Sunbathing in Goa

The beauties get their annual sunbath!  ❤️

January 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

A Kalamkari Coverlet – Antique Indian Textiles

A visit to any museum can be exhausting and the maximum I can handle is about 1 – 2 hours of exposure. In any given hall there are always too … Continue reading

January 23, 2018 · 2 Comments

The Bridal Sari of the erstwhile Queen of Sawantwadi 1922

I’ve seen a dozen or so amazing  antique zari  saris but none has been as unusual as this one seen in the museum of Sawantwadi, This shalu – a zari … Continue reading

December 27, 2017 · 6 Comments

Bullock Carts & Oil Mills in Applique! 

An endearing naive  2-dimensional rendering of bullock cart & a bullock-run oil press or oil mill! And the featute that makes me wonder about the Banjara connection is the white … Continue reading

December 25, 2017 · 1 Comment

On My Coffee Table 

The advantage of my nomadic life is that I forget tbe pieces strewn around the other spaces that I dwell in (and that dwell inside me….).  and so I see … Continue reading

December 21, 2017 · 1 Comment

Art Revived

Some vanishing arts have been strengthened and resurrected by external change agents. Soof Embroidery of Gujarat is one such art that had the blessing of nurturing by people who devote … Continue reading

December 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Mother & Child – A Crime Scene in Silk

Clearly this is a part of a larger legend that I am not familiar with yet. And so the cultural crime story intrigues me as much as the art and … Continue reading

December 2, 2017 · 3 Comments

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

The Art of War – Motifs in an Embroidery

Surely Sun Zhu meant THIS arr?  More photos coming soon on WOVENSOULS.com

November 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Art of Africa

Of course Africa is too large to be clubbed into one art group … But that made a nice title … The Art of the Yoruba caught my eye recently. … Continue reading

October 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Phulkari Auction

21 Phulkaris to be auctioned globally on November 24th, 2017.   VISIT THE AUCTION WEBSITE here Oct 2017   antique art, antique embroidery, antique Indian, antique Indian textiles, ANTIQUE SHAWL, … Continue reading

October 10, 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

Women in Art – Literally

A series of textiles with women depicted in the art! 🙂   And more   The ones above are from old textiles. Here’s one from a recently made banarasi brocade … Continue reading

September 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Hidden Gems – new sightings in old acquisitions! 

In an embroidery rich in texture and motifs and age, it was easy to miss the 5th color used sparingly – it hid within the flowers – almost shy of … Continue reading

September 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix -Sindh Dowry Embroidery

Bless the woman who made this!! A great way to start my day …. with a dose of beauty – gives the heart a small positive kickstart!  Sept 2017

September 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Saving Beauty

We all need something to love, something to serve, and something to save… A piece came my way that is needs some tender loving care. Besides the fact that it … Continue reading

September 17, 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

Courtship in Silk

Daily Art Fix – motif on an amazing wearable antique cantonese shawl!  ❤️

September 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

More Strength to the Camel’s Back!

Here’s a beauty that will strengthen the proverbial camel’s back ….  With something so gorgeous to call his own,  no last straw will ever have the strength to break his … Continue reading

September 4, 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

Online Exhibition – Tampan Ship Cloths from Sumatra

Introduction The magnetic appeal of Textile Arts, to me, is directly proportional to – the art – the craft – the symbolism – the cultural story and – the usage … Continue reading

July 22, 2017 · 1 Comment

An Antique Selfie

Embroidered picture of a woman doing embroidery!!  And the millenials thought they were the ones to invent selfies!!  From an early 1900s shawl. More about that later… 😊

June 23, 2017 · 2 Comments

The Astitva Project – A Report on the Micro Project in Ladakh – Chapter 2

The Story They say that ‘when the weight of the paperwork equals the weight of the plane, the plane will fly’ – stressing the importance of the planning that must … Continue reading

May 12, 2017 · 6 Comments

Vintage Rajasthan Tribal Textile – Available for Sale

Available for Sale – Antique Shekhawati Tribal Shawl Odhana – embroidery on coarse handwoven cotton

May 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

Vintage Cradle Cloth for one very lucky baby! Available for Sale

May the baby build a ladder to the stars! AVAILABLE FOR SALE * * *

May 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

External Article: Chamba Rumal Embroidered Textiles 

A primer on Chamba Rumal: Link Apr 2017

April 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

A look at Miao Embroidery

“Miao embroidery is a unique and incredible skill—weaving actual metal thread into intricate patterns to create beautiful garments. A tradition over 500 years old, Miao tin embroidery is sadly a … Continue reading

April 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

Choosing A Wedding Dress – Swat Valley Textiles

Choosing is wedding dress can be tough – especially when each is a stunning work of textile art. Presenting a few vintage and antique bridal dresses from the Swat Valley region

March 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – Beaded Hilltribe Weaving

Beaded Loin Cloth More photos of Asset #163 on wovensouls.com [Premium Access Gallery] Even though I have never woven anything, it is easy to imagine the painstaking work involved in … Continue reading

January 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Dragons and Serpents from Laos – Textile Art

According to Lao mythology the Naga are the protectors of the Lao state and it is quite natural that they are found in all the forms of art practiced there. … Continue reading

January 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Weight of Art

As I was measuring this skirt worn by petite young girls, I had to do a double-take. I had just written down 130 inches – that was twice as tall … Continue reading

January 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – Double Sided Ajrakh Print

No words needed! {but will say some anyway!) The feature that makes this a masterpiece is the ‘double-sided print’. Both the front and the back have prints that are identical … Continue reading

January 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

Tales Textiles Tell – Toraja Sacred Cloth Batik

SO here is one more textile with many many stories depicted. Yet, I can only make conjecture about the story this piece is trying to tell, until someone from that … Continue reading

January 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Textiles in Antique Christian Art

The  mind directs the vision. And so at the Met Museum NYC, I could not help but notice the textiles on the beautiful old artefacts of the Christian world of … Continue reading

December 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Textiles in the Chaurapanchsika Love Poem of the 16th Century

Chaurapanchasika is a love-lament poem from the 16th century (some say earlier). [Chaurapanchasika is a set of 50 verses written by a Kashmiri Pandit Bilhana in the 11th century. It … Continue reading

November 15, 2016 · 1 Comment

Perspective makes all the Difference

Looking at things from the OTHER side makes alllll the difference!!

November 12, 2016 · 2 Comments

Art of the Universe – Yao Shaman Robes

Yao painting scrolls, Yao dragon bridges and now Yao Shaman robes! The Yao group has created several forms of art while pursuing their spiritual goals! Led by priests called Shamans, … Continue reading

October 3, 2016 · 2 Comments

Daily Art Fix – Pathan Embroidery

 A Pathan tablecloth with motifs that are seen even in the forehead-tattoos of Pathani women.   ❤️ jm Sept 2016

September 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

A Hybrid is Born

In the olden days textile-art hybrids came about when a woman married into another group and brought with her art-memes from her parental culture. Today the world has shrunk and … Continue reading

August 31, 2016 · 3 Comments

A Story in A Sar Pallu Phulkari Textile

Before we had cartoon TV serials, we had cartoon comics. Like Tarzan and Phantom and Dennis and Amar Chitra Katha. But before that, we had textiles! And stories were written … Continue reading

August 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

Handlooms of India

The title of this note is misleading as it is too broad – it is like saying ‘the universe’… I am sure that even if I were to toil 10 … Continue reading

August 5, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Mashru Loom

My knowledge of weaving techniques is minimal – so I might be wrong in thinking that the Masru or Mashru loom is a complicated one. But the few looms that … Continue reading

July 13, 2016 · 2 Comments

Art of Africa – Kente Cloth – Available for Sale

A piece in a museum store priced at US$4000 (only) caught my eye. Such a high valuation piqued my interest and I began reading. The palimpsest of Kente cloths is … Continue reading

June 11, 2016 · 3 Comments

Birds of a feather…

      Daily art fix jm June 2016

June 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

Motifs from Africa – Fulani Blanket – Available for Sale

The bad news is that we’ll NEVER feel the satisfaction of having seen it ALL. The good news is that we’ll NEVER feel the satisfaction of having seen it ALL. … Continue reading

May 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – Beauty begets Beauty

Old Rabari Great-grandmother working on her embroidery. Photo taken in 2012 in Gujarat.   jm May 2016

May 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

March of the Elephants – Antique Angami Naga Textile Art – Available for Sale

Surely this must mean something! One day I will learn what that is! In the meanwhile let’s enjoy the art: This Angami Naga cloth is a part of the wovensouls … Continue reading

May 9, 2016 · 2 Comments

External Link: A Wedding in Central Asia

I do not understand the words – but the beauty can be seen and understood easily! LINK  

May 5, 2016 · 1 Comment

Talk Announcement: Textile Museum, Washington D.C.

  TITLE: Wedding Embroideries of Kutch, India Speaker: Jaina Mishra | Collector … The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum Washington D.C. Saturday June 4th, 2016 … …. … Continue reading

May 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – Motifs from Tibet

  No words.

March 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Welcome to The Art Blog

“The purpose of art is washing off the dust of daily life off our souls” – Pablo Picasso

Presenting my notes on the diverse folk arts of Asia and the stimulating cultural stories contained within them – Jaina Mishra

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March 16, 2016 · 3 Comments

And we thought ornaments were only for people? Traditional Animal Adornments – 2

  Link to PART I And the journey continues….   Part II These are adornments filled with love for the animal. For why else would one create such artworks for … Continue reading

March 13, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Fabulous Biboki weaving of Timor!

Double Sided supplementary weft (or warp?) weave from the Biboki people of Timor.   An antique example: A betel nut bag:   A vintage example:   And a fantastic paper … Continue reading

January 30, 2016 · 1 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

Rare Textiles from Tiny Tribes

Presenting two textiles from really small protected tribes in Orissa, Eastern India. I have seen these worn by the people there but not on sale anywhere. Both were acquired directly … Continue reading

January 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

Lombok Art – for the Ears & Eyes!

Just pictures  of the art of the Sasak tribe from three different locations in Lombok:   And some pieces from the Mataram Museum: And finally an older drummer So much … Continue reading

December 21, 2015 · 1 Comment

Art for Food!

Covering food with a piece of cloth in the pre-plastic / glass era, seems to be a natural solution to the problem of keeping food fresh / safe / clean. … Continue reading

November 24, 2015 · 1 Comment

Motif & Meaning – Caravans & Herders

More textiles, more meaning! Here are some created by a Bishnoi group from Rajasthan India. These motifs that tell us about their lives through their portrayal of the cultural elements … Continue reading

November 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Best Exotic Waziri Shawl!

  So much joy to be found in Art!! I have called it the ‘best’ – because it is the best that I have ever seen. If there are better … Continue reading

November 17, 2015 · 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

Another Vaishnav Textile!

Here is a magnificent fragment from Nepal with scenes from the Ramayan. From the Met Museum collection http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/37631 . Nov 2015

November 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Beauty is Ageless

“Beauty begets beauty” Timeless beauty from Gujarat creating more timeless beauty.

November 8, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Superfine Embroidery of Awadh – Chikan Kari

Another superb article on Chikan embroidery of Lucknow. Link to the Article Nov 2015

November 4, 2015 · 1 Comment

Embroidered Door Curtains of Morocco

Moroccan Door Curtains of the 19th Century – Art in daily living! Until an hour ago, I did not know such things existed! And to think that some of the … Continue reading

November 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Chamba Rumal – The Art of Double Sided Embroidery from Himachal

A superb article on Chamba Rumals – the native craft of the Chamba region of Himachal Pradesh in which the embroidery is done with the ‘do-rukha’ [double-facing] stitch that results … Continue reading

October 28, 2015 · 1 Comment

Save the Best for Last – One more Palindrome-Embroidery Textile

The last addition to my Palindrome Embroidery collection is indeed the best of them all – mainly because of the outstanding color – the deep madder is so magnetic I … Continue reading

October 21, 2015 · 1 Comment

Melted-wax Art – Javanese Batik

Exploring the art of Javanese Batik

October 10, 2015 · 1 Comment

Made for Each Other – A Handsome Turban for a Handsome man

\\ A guest at a Rabari Wedding wearing a handmade turban. jm Sep 2015

September 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Mathematics Lessons or Works of Textile Art?

MATH & ART The subjects of math and art are perceived to be orthogonal and mutually exclusive. The left brain-right brain theorists have us believe that in general, an individual … Continue reading

September 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

DAILY ART FIX – Old Banjara Pouch

  Old Pouch Gabchi with fine embroidery and applique work from the Banjara tribe, South India

September 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – Ajrakh Hand Block Print

  

September 2, 2015 · 1 Comment

Daily Art Fix – Dhingli motif in Kutch Shawls

A ‘dhingli’ (doll) motif that symbolises a term of endearment for the girl-child  from a vintage cotton Odhana textile from the wovensouls collection. Aug 2015

August 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

The ASTITVA Project – Rescuing Textile Traditions – Chapter 1

ASTITVA = IDENTITY. This project intends to rescue at-risk textile traditions among vanishing cultures in India.

August 3, 2015 · 9 Comments

NEWS: A Prestigious Textile Artwork Installation ….

So excited to be working on this! Projects like these will put these wonderful traditional textiles in the spotlight and perhaps make a small difference in delaying the extinction of … Continue reading

July 27, 2015 · 2 Comments

Anatolia Diaries

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone Interesting Istanbul 1 Interesting Istanbul 2 A Walk through the Grand Bazar of Istanbul Intrigued by the past – Cappadocia Art … Continue reading

July 25, 2015 · 1 Comment

Dowry Bags & Purses

A link to the Dowry Bags & Purses of Gujarat, India. jm July 2015

July 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Gates of Heaven – The Darshan Dwar Phulkari Embroidery Textile

Devotional Textiles – Phulkari Baghs of Punjab

July 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Finding Purpose

Let us pray to the Gods of Probability that the opportunities that come our way, come at the right timing in our lives, and that we have the wisdom to … Continue reading

July 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Story of Shadda Weavings

A link to a superb external article about an attractive textile category – Shadda flatweaves. Click Here Can imagine falling asleep totally intoxicated in its beauty using one of these … Continue reading

July 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – Kinnaur Weaving

Click to view more images of this recently woven shawl from Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh, India. Daily Art Fix – Kinnaur Weaving July 2015 textile art, himachal weaving, himachal textile, India … Continue reading

July 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Old Age Alone is not Enough to be Attractive

Old age alone is not enough to be attractive. And conversely youth alone is not enough to be rejected. *** “I want to be different” she said. In a village … Continue reading

July 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Postcards from Rajasthan

Postcards (or rather the e-version – Whatsapp Images) from Rajasthan. Sent by the remarkable Narayan Gadhvi, a young man who lives in the desert city of Jaisalmer and was pivotal … Continue reading

June 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – A Thousand Stars in a Black Sky

Click to see more images of this gorgeous Kohistani shawl Daily Art Fix – A Thousand Stars in a Black Sky jm June 2015

June 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Some Doors for My Future Tent

Perfect for my future tent! A set of three old tent doors / dividers / perde curtains (most likely converted from grain sacks?) from the homes of Yoruks or nomads … Continue reading

June 22, 2015 · 1 Comment

Daily Art Fix – Antique Chinese Embroidery

Antique Chinese Embroidery Cap Panel – roughly 7 inches tall. Click to view more images.     jm June 2015 Daily Art Fix – Antique Chinese Embroidery

June 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Woven into the Household – Literally. Central Asian Tent Bands

The fact that fabrics are necessary in our lives is stating the obvious. Textiles are an integrated element in our households. But some are decorated – to the extent that … Continue reading

June 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Sad Story – Vanished Art

Sad observation made by a housewife who, like all the other housewives of that era. embroidered extensively in her lifetime*. [From the biography of Mrs. Krishen found in S. S. … Continue reading

May 25, 2015 · 2 Comments

Daily Art Fix – Gorgeous Thirma Bagh 

  Who could have guessed that the base of the silk-floss embroidered wedding cloth from Punjab is white!! From the wovensouls collection. May 2015

May 8, 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

Daily Art Fix – Dharaniyo from Gujarat

 

April 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Silken Bridges to Fairy Tale Dreams | Swat Pillow Cases

The valleys of Swat / Hazara and neighboring areas have faced incessant turmoil. Yet, or perhaps because of that turmoil, the human spirit looks inward and finds ways to create … Continue reading

April 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Rainbows to B&W

Just one look at the contrast between traditional costumes of tribes that are worn on festivals and their normal day-to-day clothes makes me think that our rainbows are turning Black … Continue reading

April 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

To Choose or to Not Choose! Innovation in Swat Hazara Textiles

“Alice came to a fork in the road. ‘Which road do I take?’ she asked. ‘Where do you want to go?’ responded the Cheshire Cat. ‘I don’t know,’ Alice answered. … Continue reading

March 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

Triangles of Passion – A Special Textile

A Bagh textile with a thousand triangles – created with love and passion

March 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Love is Blind – Color-Blind | A Lesson in Love & Textile Art

When one studies and examines an object as often as one breathes, it is hard to be blind to its flaws. But yet, with a little insight & imagination, it … Continue reading

March 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Palindrome Embroidery – Textile Art from the Past

An article on Double Sided Embroidery from the North-West Indian Subcontinent. [click to view the PDF] PALINDROME EMBROIDERY MASTERPIECES – TEXTILE ART FROM THE PAST The pieces shown in the … Continue reading

March 19, 2015 · 2 Comments

Daily Art Fix – Home Decor 6

An idea for decorating walls with Textile Art Framed Antique Patan Patola Sari as wall decor. View the Textile Artwork on Wovensouls wall decor, office decor, corporate decor, interiors, interior … Continue reading

March 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Tribal Motifs from Rajasthan – Fusion of Logical Geometry & Art

I love the simplicity of thought! View the complete shawls here jm Mar 2015

March 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Antique Rajasthan Shawl – V&A Collection

Superb shawl from Sindh / Rajasthan from the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Early 20th century Collection of the late Mr Justice Feroze Nana, given to the … Continue reading

March 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Superfine Weft Warp Embroidery from Kohistan

Embroidery from the Kohistan people never fails to intrigue me. Someday I want to watch them do it. The Kohistani shawl has two separate layers that are stitched along one … Continue reading

March 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Book Recommendation – March 2015: Baby Carriers

A link to an online book published by the Taiwan Government. The text is not in English but there is material that we all understand – the images. The link … Continue reading

March 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Wild Lines | Textile Art Drawings

To create art – one must have great imagination & visualisation skills. To create a visual that is wildly different from everything else that existed earlier using basic lines is … Continue reading

February 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Anarchy & Chaos in a Tribal Textile!

Most traditional textiles seem to follow the patterns that are unique to their tribe. These patterns probably began with some seed of an idea and then evolved over generations to … Continue reading

February 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – Chamba Rumaal with Ramayana Scenes – MET museum collection

18th Century Rumal with Scenes from the Ramayana

February 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

A Valentine’s Motif in Textile Art

KISS OF TWO HEARTS motif in textile art for Valentine’s Day! From the magnificent antique Turban from the Swat Valley Celebrate! View the Swat Valley Gallery on Wovensouls.com here. jm … Continue reading

February 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Textile Art of Myanmar – Weaving in SOHO

“SOHO” stands for Small Office, Home Office. It is a hybrid apartment for residential and commercial purposes and allows people to work and live in the same house. Although popularised … Continue reading

February 10, 2015 · 1 Comment

Daily Art Fix – Huqqa Mat – MET Museum

  Huqqa Mat ca. 1800 from the MET museum Click above to view the MET website

February 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Glimpse of Stunning Mizo Textiles – The Puanchei

Most are now woven on power looms but a few are still made on back-strap looms.A Glimpse of Stunning Mizo Textiles – The Puanchei The Puanchei: The Puan is the … Continue reading

January 26, 2015 · 4 Comments

Book of the Month – Jan 2015

A 248 page coffee table book with 243 good photographs! Happy reading! jm Jan 2015

January 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

DAILY ART FIX – Wall Decor Ideas

Thirma Bagh Phulkari from the early-mid 1800s used as a centre piece in the contemporary minimalistic living room! View more photos of this rare & fantastic textile here jm Jan … Continue reading

January 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

DAILY ART FIX – Gujarat Textile Art

Vintage “Chakla / Chaakda” Wall artwork in the form of cotton embroidery. From Gujarat, India. [VTI-719 on the wovensouls website. ] jm Jan 2015

January 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Old, Weary and Gorgeous!

. These are words that I live by. These are words that this gorgeous lady that I photographed years ago also probably lived by: . The experiences & the memories … Continue reading

November 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – Home Decor 3

Ideas for Interior Wall Art Decor Decorating with an early-mid 19th century Thirma Bagh Phulkari. To view Phulkari Baghs visit the Textile Gallery of wovenouls.com jm Nov 20, 2014

November 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Textiles in Indian Literature

Heartwarming excerpt referring to the making of kantha textiles in Bengali literature

November 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Sultry Black Ludhi of the Rabari Tribe

A story that is as deep and bordering on the dark lies hidden within the sultry black veil of the Rabaris of Kutch. Told to me by a village elder, the story is dramatic.

November 8, 2014 · 1 Comment

Daily Art Fix – Home Decor 2

Exploring new ideas for wall decor…

November 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Motif & Meaning – 4 | The Case of the Butter Churning Girls

Curious coincidences in Textile Art from two different regions explored

October 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

New Look, New Pieces, Renewed Passion

The website is the only (miniscule) art that I personally create. The real artworks were / are created by the collective genius of the tribes & ethnic groups! Click to … Continue reading

October 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Embellishments in Traditional Asian Textiles

Strange & interesting bits and pieces have been used as textile embellishments. In the decade of collecting textiles, I find that non-textile embellishments are most common in South Asian Hilltribes … Continue reading

October 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Matisse & Textile Art

An interesting article about the connection between Paintings & Textiles…. after all it is all about art! LINK TO WALL STREET JOURNAL ARTICLE jm Sep 2014

October 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

AN ARTWORK A DAY – Swat Dowry Pillow Cover Embroidery

Antique Bridal Dowry Swat Embroidery

September 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

AN ARTWORK A DAY – The Marching Peacocks Odhana

Antique Textile from the Bishnoi community of Rajasthan – “The Marching-Peacocks Odhana”

September 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Motif & Meaning – 2

Looking for Meaning in Textile Motifs

September 8, 2014 · 1 Comment

Motif & Meaning in Textiles – 1 Preface

A part of my fascination with traditional textiles emanates from the stories hidden within them. The cultural aspects – who wore them, for what occasion, who made them and how … Continue reading

September 8, 2014 · 1 Comment

Textile Subjects in Indian Miniature Paintings

Recently came across these miniatures on the internet: A Fraser Album Artist: a cotton-carder at work, attributed to the artist Ghulam ‘Ali Khan (fl. 1817-55) Delhi, circa 1820 Men and … Continue reading

August 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Artists of the Loom – Traditional Weavers of the world

Creating works of Art with their hands using thread, a loom and a bit of their souls. Many of the images are from WOVENSOULS.com and many are from other websites. … Continue reading

August 1, 2014 · 3 Comments

Mystical Banjara Textiles

What does one get when the women of a social group have a strong intellect, happiness in their hearts and time on their hands? Art. Art that is used to … Continue reading

July 2, 2014 · 2 Comments

Textiles within Textiles

Am studying my Phad (Par) textiles and enjoying the complex scenes painted in. There are two types of Phads: one narrating the legend of Pabuji and the other narrating the … Continue reading

May 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Double Sided Embroidery 1 – The Technique

While doing some research on newly acquired textiles with double-sided embroidery from Rajasthan & Swat valley, I came across this fantastic article. The Su double-sided embroidery from China is different … Continue reading

April 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Introducing The Swat & Kohistan Textiles Collection on Wovensouls.com

Introducing a small collection of textiles from a culture that is literally being extinguished by war. The silk embroidery of these textiles is as fine and delicate as their living … Continue reading

March 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

The day I almost missed a Flight – Textiles of the Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad

In the late 80s I had heard about the Salar Jung Museum in Hyderabad and the things I heard evoked a desire to visit. Life came in the way between … Continue reading

March 2, 2014 · 4 Comments

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 | Two rare Kohistan Shawls

Two rare shawls from Kohistan – a land whose culture is among the most endangered. Extravagantly embroidered with silk thread, beads and embellishments. Perfect collectible / large wall hanging. Rare. … Continue reading

February 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Wovensouls ‘Vanishing Cultures’ Exhibition Highlights | Heirloom Patan Patola Ikat, Pre 19th century

This extremely fine example of double Ikat is an heirloom piece of one of the two surviving Patola weaving families. Known as the heirloom fragment piece that has been with … Continue reading

February 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Wovensouls ‘Vanishing Cultures’ Exhibition Highlights | Antique Phulkari Bagh

A textile art that is now extinct – the Phulkari Bagh – embroidery so thick that the base cloth cannot be seen – yet made with extremely fine untwisted silk … Continue reading

February 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Traditional Textiles of South India

A museum is a visual & experiential library.  A museum presents a culture through its various arts.  A visit is always an eye-opener and we find out things that we … Continue reading

January 20, 2014 · 5 Comments

Textile Exhibition at the Metropolitan Musuem of Art

Worth a visit – if you can visit in real life or even online!! On until Jan 5th, 2014. See the Online exhibition here The piece that I loved and … Continue reading

January 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

BOOK OF THE MONTH – KANTHA EMBROIDERY

Kantha is a traditional art from Eastern India.  Old pieces of textiles – usually worn out saris and dhotis (usually made of mulmul or thin cotton cloth) were layered and … Continue reading

December 22, 2013 · 3 Comments

And we thought ornaments were only for people? Traditional Animal Adornments

And we thought ornaments and clothing were only for humans? A few vintage & antique examples of traditional adornments for the beloved farm animals. 1. Large Necklaces for a pair … Continue reading

December 12, 2013 · 2 Comments

Intriguing Balinese Calendars – Palindon & Palelintangan

In a world with so many different cultures with divergent ideologies and beliefs, naturally there are as many ways to mark the passage of time and predict fortunes. I studied … Continue reading

December 6, 2013 · 5 Comments

Antique Yao Head Cloth – 3-D weaving!

A close look at the end-bands of this Yao Head cloth (or shoulder cloth) reveals a 3-Dimensional visual that has been created intentionally! Worn by women on the head in … Continue reading

November 19, 2013 · 1 Comment

Spectacular Embroidery Art from the Patel Community of Kutch

  On all my trips to the Kutch, I have only seen 4 such saris. Motifs & Color that are similar to those from the North West Provinces – but … Continue reading

November 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

INTRICATE WOVEN ART OF BHUTAN

ANTIQUE BHUTAN KERA TEXTILE ART ANTIQUE KERA VINTAGE KERA (OR KIRA)     jm Oct 2013

November 4, 2013 · 2 Comments

Antique Colonial-Era Saris

Two rare & unique saris from a bygone era. Rare because of their age. Unique because of the unique English motifs woven into the borders of the sari – woven … Continue reading

November 2, 2013 · 2 Comments

Antique Dragon Textile from Laos

Finely woven Dragon textile from Laos. From the ‘South East Asia’ Textiles gallery of the Wovensouls Collection circa 1930 jm Oct 2013

October 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

ANTIQUE CEREMONIAL CLOTH FROM SUMATRA

An old ancestral textile – circa 1850 – 1900 – a Tatibin – has now joined he WOVENSOULS collection. Time to celebrate! jm Oct 2013

October 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

FANTASTIC BAWAN BAGH PHULKARI – A WEDDING TEXTILE

A Bagh (phulkari) textile with 52 motifs created by the family as a canopy for the bride. Created by reverse embroidery!! Precision AND creativity! Art AND craft!! All while working … Continue reading

October 7, 2013 · 8 Comments

Handsome Turbans of Western India

A few photos from my old travel albums   The complete album with full size images may be viewed at WOVENSOULS.COM jm Aug 2013

September 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Large Textile Art Installations from the Buddhist World

Just a few photos from my past travels. Tashiding Sikkim More pro images may be viewed on WOVENSOULS.COM jm Aug 2013

August 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Nomadic Weaving Wonders

When I first stepped into the world of textiles, I was enticed by the art that needed the heavy support of the craft. The more pieces I saw from various … Continue reading

August 16, 2013 · 3 Comments

Dowry of A Mother’s Love – The Bagh Textile of Punjab

THE DOWRY A young girl leaves her home to join another family of which she knows very little. She has spent her childhood and early youth sheltered within the large … Continue reading

July 28, 2013 · 6 Comments

Textile Art of Gujarat

I grew up in the Gujarati community of traders. A community in which the critical success factor is ‘data mining’ within the community. Fathers, father’s brothers, mother’s brothers, neighbourhood elders, … Continue reading

July 25, 2013 · 3 Comments

Antique Persian Afshar Bird Rug – what was she thinking?

Woven by tribal women, during the course of their day, after taking care of their household and their family, this category of Persian rugs  is a source of stimulation. So … Continue reading

July 23, 2013 · 4 Comments

Akha Hilltribe Costume Art

The fragility of the Akha hilltribe culture is most poignantly presented in a book ‘Peoples of the Golden Triangle’. Ironically, the two people who wrote this book were missionaries in … Continue reading

July 17, 2013 · 1 Comment

The textile Murals of Rajasthan : Phad art

A new article published by Jozan.net, contributed by me : Click here to read it. jm March 2013

March 10, 2013 · 3 Comments

ANNOUNCEMENT : Wovensouls to hold first major Live Auction in April 2013

Live Auctioneers will host the first major auction of Wovensouls  on April 6th, 10am California Time. Important pieces of textile art and folk art from Tibet and a few other … Continue reading

February 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

Upcoming Solo Photography Exhibitions : Singapore & Montreal

You are invited to “TRIBAL EXPRESSIONS” an exhibition of tribal portraits (photograph prints) in Singapore & in Montreal * SINGAPORE – NOVEMBER 2012 “THE ARTS HOUSE” The Old Parliament House,  … Continue reading

October 5, 2012 · Leave a comment

Camels go on a Pilgrimage with their Tribal Masters to pray

I am in Kutch. One of the districts of Gujarat. Which is one of the 28 states of India. This little portion tucked away in a corner of India bordering … Continue reading

October 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

Additions to the Wovensouls Antique Textile Gallery – Tribal Bags

A few tribal bags that were acquired on my travels….. Some are  bags originally used by tribals. Others are made using antique or vintage tribal textiles. All gorgeous. All very … Continue reading

September 21, 2012 · 1 Comment

Meeting Lambani Textile Artists

Awhile ago, while doing research for an art installation project, I met these textile artists who work for themselves – who create their gorgeous art mainly for self-consumption and not … Continue reading

September 10, 2012 · 1 Comment

Costumes of the First People – a visit to the Royal Ontario Museum

Feel like watching a fashion show? Visit the Royal Ontario Museum and view their rexhibits on the costumes of the First People. These works of textile art are housed at … Continue reading

September 2, 2012 · 2 Comments

New Acquisitions of Kutch Textile Art in the Wovensouls Collection

The eye learns with every new exposure and becomes more discerning. Now I value the unusual form more than I did earlier.  In the world of textile art everything can … Continue reading

August 14, 2012 · 2 Comments

Tribal Textile Art of Kutch – the Bhuj Folk Art Museum

A self explanatory photo-essay showcasing the mirrorwork & embroidery of various tribes in the Kutch region of Gujarat India. But first an introduction to the two lovely ladies from the … Continue reading

July 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

Textile Art of Mizoram, The Lunglei Museum Collection

A walk through the textile & jewelry section of the Museum of Lunglei, the remotest town in the North Eastern state of Mizoram, India. Details of these pieces are available … Continue reading

June 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

Turban Art – the Crowning Glory of Indian Men

Turbans serve many uses for Indian men. They provide relief from the sun and a touch of color to the simple male costume. The loose ends are used as handkerchiefs, … Continue reading

June 26, 2012 · 1 Comment

The Classic Indian Village Fair – Gogunda mela

Not a single tourist present besides me. No Indian tourist. No foreign tourist.No men tourists. No women tourists. ONLY locals. ONLY villagers. And me. This is simply not a place … Continue reading

June 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

Puppets & Puppeteers of Nagaur Rajasthan

An old folk saying “We are only puppets, our strings are being pulled by unknown forces” This is an article about puppets – from a place that is famous for … Continue reading

June 11, 2012 · 2 Comments

Latest Additions to the Antique Gallery – June 2012

Antique and Vintage acquisitions from the Dayak tribes from Sarawak, Sumatra and Kalimantan have been added to the Wovensouls galleries linked below: Antique Textiles from Borneo Antique Articles from Borneo … Continue reading

June 5, 2012

Music of the Manganiyar Tribe

The Manganiyars are famous through their shows worldwide titled the Manganiyar Seduction. Presented by international performance companies their music has received a platform it deserves. Awards and acclaim have followed … Continue reading

April 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Chapchar Kut Harvest Festival of Mizoram

A glimpse of the Chapchar Kut Harvest festival held at Aizawl in March 2012. The Chapchar Kut is the Harvest festival of Mizoram and celebrated across the hills in March … Continue reading

March 17, 2012 · Leave a comment

Mizoram Diaries

Mizoram. A landscape of blue mountains. Rising above white clouds and mist. Green. Pristine. Located in the North East of India. With a population of 10,00,000. Spread over half a … Continue reading

March 4, 2012 · Leave a comment

Cambodian Ikat Weaves

From the textiles of Angkor Wat we move to the 19th century where we find documentation by colonial rulers about Khmer textiles. Fourteen religious paintings on cotton cloth, suspended vertically … Continue reading

February 4, 2012 · 1 Comment

Fierce Nocte Headhunters

Portrait-collage of the Nocte Tribe, Khonsa, Arunachal Pradesh, a friendly happy yet fierce tribe with headhunting ancestry. Hi res images available on www.jainamishra.com My other related articles Headhunting Tropies Back … Continue reading

January 18, 2012 · 1 Comment

The Arunachali – the Hunter-Gatherer-Weaver

Tiny hamlets dot the Himalayan foothills of Arunachal Pradesh. Some lie along the winding roads while a large number are accessible only by foot paths taking as long as 3-5 … Continue reading

January 5, 2012

The Chamms Masked Dances by the Monks of Chemrey Monastery – Ladakh

Lamas of the ancient Chemrey monastery performing the Masked dances in Leh in which they enact religious tales with a moral. The stunning colors of the flowing robes combined with … Continue reading

October 23, 2011 · Leave a comment

Invitation to a Lambani Gypsy Tribal Wedding

A Lambani Gypsy family. A Village in Karnataka, India. May 8th 2011. An arranged marriage. This is an account of a gypsy tribal wedding in a tiny village that had … Continue reading

May 7, 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

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

Textile Art of the Ahom Kingdom – Guwahati Museum Collection

The Ahoms are a community found largely in Assam. This community consists of the descendants of ethnic Tai people who accompanied the Tai prince Sukaphaa who established the Ahom kingdom … Continue reading

February 17, 2011 · 2 Comments

Tribal Textile and Bead Art of Nagaland

This photoessay is preceded by the article that appears on Jozan.net titled “Red, White and Black – Tribal Textiles of Nagaland” available here. Images will say it better than words … Continue reading

December 27, 2010 · 3 Comments

Nagaland Diaries

An image from 1870s Nov 29th, 2010 Am setting out to explore Nagaland – home to over 20 distinct tribes characterised by two intriguing lifetsyles: headhunting and minimal clothing. This … Continue reading

December 26, 2010 · 1 Comment

Tribal Dances of Nagaland

Every tribe has unique ways of celebrating festivals – some that are common to all Nagamese, others that are unique to each tribe. A collection of images of various tribal … Continue reading

December 26, 2010

Panaji to Sindhudurg Sea Fort and back

If you are considering going to Sindhudurg Sea Fort, you’d look at the map, find Sindhudurg on it and then head for it….but that would be a mistake! If you … Continue reading

October 24, 2010

The Dhunuchi Dance at Durga Puja

I first experienced this dance through one of the most beautiful Hindi films of this decade – Parineeta. This dance is performed at the Durga Puja – a hindu festival … Continue reading

October 13, 2010 · Leave a comment

Textile Art Photography

Today an idea descended upon me as I walked by the water….. A project that converges the twin streams of traditional textiles and photography…. I have with me a gorgeous … Continue reading

October 6, 2010 · Leave a comment

Thumbuakar Tribal Group, Borneo

What a delightful and soul satisfying find this has been!! Gorgeous humans, gorgeous textiles and topping all that – gorgeous performance art! Bamboo dance, fire dance – in which they … Continue reading

September 27, 2010 · Leave a comment

Ajrakh Block Print Art

This is a photoessay on the art of block printing called ‘Ajrakh’. The process described here, is the same for any block print art. The speciality of Ajrakh is that … Continue reading

August 24, 2010 · 10 Comments

Hmong Batik Art

The Hmong are one of the hilltribes living in Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. One of signatures of this group is their Batik Art used in their garments. The following photos … Continue reading

August 21, 2010 · 3 Comments

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