Ramblings about walls \u2013 both real and psychological: \nFirst we build walls \u2013 one brick at a time \u2013 little unsaid things that build up like masonry and stack up until an isolation room is built.\nReason? To protect all that is fragile and precious. Ego, Advantage, Insecurities, Treasures. And with these walls, we not only protect but also imprison.\nYet, throughout our lives, through one endeavor or another, we attempt to penetrate the walls of others. \nAt the same time we strengthen our own, glorify them and we hang up pictures on them \u2013 so that we see them not as ugly barriers but as pretty constructs with meaningful justifications and purpose.\nIt appears to us that without walls the risk is too high.\nBut what if it is the walls that create a risk and a liability?\nThose with too much to lose \u2013 ego \u2013 advantage etc etc \u2013 might be cynical about experimenting.\nBut some who have seen significant loss have changed their ways in the other direction \u2013 that of building walls that are weaker not stronger \u2013 walls that are flexible, walls that are foldable.\nIn Japan where the weight of the concrete wall can cause fatal damage, we see paper walls. Nomads all over who see \u2018impermanence of structure\u2019 as an asset and permanence as a liability, use fabric to construct their dwellings as well as the inner walls.\nAnd with this we come to the textile that led me into all that rumination: Beautiful Turkish Cicims that are used as tent dividers. Functional fabrics used as walls.\nExamples of Turkish nomadic tents:\nNomadic Tent [pic from the digital library of Koc University]\nA tent divider* [pic from the digital library of Koc University]\n\u00a0These simple tent dividers when worked upon can become works of art such as this one\nClick to view more images of this Cicim Tent Divider on wovensouls.com\nMaybe these objects of textile art are good for the soul in more ways than one! Maybe there is something spiritual to be learned from them!\njm\nNov 2014\nBy Jaina Mishra\nBy wovensouls\nThe post Of Walls & Barriers appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.