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

Museum of Raja Ravi Varma’s paintings

In Trivandrum in the old city area one of the buildings in the museum complex houses several paintings by Raja Ravi Varma. Photography is not allowed inside so for my … Continue reading

December 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

18th Century Transport!

Painting of 18th century transport:   Offered by Tremont Auction House. Sold for US$1300 (2016)     jm March 2016  

March 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Understanding the Y – Women not allowed in Sabarimala Temple

It is easy to rake up activism simply for the sake of it. After all we have all been raised on inspirational sayings  like “be the change you want to … Continue reading

January 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Textiles in Antique Paintings

This depicts Description: Woodblock print nishiki-e, ôban format. Framed.Signed: Utamaro hitsu. Publisher: Wakasaya Yoichi (Jakurindô). Only several prints are known from this series “Twelve forms of women’s handiwork”, such as … Continue reading

May 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Women of the World – Garasia Tribe

Click to see more images of the colorful tribe! jm March 2015

March 9, 2015 · 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 and many are from other websites. … Continue reading

August 1, 2014 · 3 Comments

SEEN ON EBAY : Old Print of Punished Women – Germany / Europe

The Photogravure Print: Undated with some German Text “BESTRAFTE KLATSCH & HANDELSUCHTE DER WEIBER”   jm May 2014  

May 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Rooband – The Tadjik Veil

What a fantastic word to describe the veil ROOH = Spirit or Soul BAND = Shut or closed For it is the the soul that must be captured, it is … Continue reading

October 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Gypsy Nomad Herder Women of Rajasthan

The job of herding is done by women in many of the tribes in Rajasthan. Where are the men? jm Aug 2013

September 13, 2013 · 1 Comment

Women of Substance

Featured in the news 2 days ago was a woman who was 50+ years old yet looked 20+. I did not feel a tinge of envy for her. It appears … Continue reading

August 28, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Amazing Women Divers of Jeju

When I speak about the mermaids divers to Korea to people, everyone seems to know about these amazing women already. But the first time I heard of them was on … Continue reading

July 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Choodi Waale Baaba – the Bangle Seller

Hindi was a compulsory language to be learned at school. And language is usually taught through written material – stories about this and that from every day life. Sometime in … Continue reading

June 28, 2013 · 2 Comments


The success of an individual lies in the distance that she has managed to cover between the mindset (and therefore life) of her own grandmother and the life of her … Continue reading

April 4, 2013

Alternate Life Models 5 – Mizo culture

Most Eastern life models are patrilineal and the father-son lineage carries forward important life markers such as caste, name, inheritance etc. The rules are clear and common across geographies. But … Continue reading

June 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

Women of India – the Weaker sex….

Presenting a view of the woman seen as the classical “abalaa naari” or the helpless woman of Indian society. The tribal Indian woman. An epitome of freedom and strength! She … Continue reading

April 26, 2012


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