Born free, as free as the wind blows\n As free as the grass grows\n Born free to follow your heart\nLive free and beauty surrounds you\n The world still astounds you\n Each time you look at a star\n\u2013 Lyrics by John Barry\n\u00a0Here is a group of Odhanas [shawls that cover the head and body] from Rajasthan, with a Khadad (handspun coarse thick cotton) base in rust or aubergine, embroidered with cotton thread. Yellow borders are common in shawls from the Shekhawat region and the Bishnoi community.\nSeen in this group of 4 textiles, is the spirit that is free, wild, unfettered and unrestricted!\nThe character of the textile reflects the lifestyle of the creators \u2013 the Bishnois \u2013 who live as one with nature and their surroundings.\nThe commonality across the four textiles \u2013 the use of an unusual color and the randomness in the layout\u00a0 \u2013 suggest that all four originate from the same village or sub-tribe.\nThese pieces are among the simplest and most rustic in my collection. Yet they make me so proud to know them and to behold them! There is something very special going on in them \u2013 their innocence, their naivete \u2013 that warms my heart.\nOdhana 1 ATI-754\n\n\nOdhana 2 ATI-755\n\n\nOdhana 3 ATI-777\n\n\nOdhana 4 ATI-753\n\n\n\nIt is a pleasure to study these and wonder about their creation!\nTo view detailed pictures of these free thinking textile artworks please click here\njm\nMarch 2015\nThe post Born Free \u2026\u2026A Group of 4 Textiles with a Wild Spirit! appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.