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.\nArt that is used to decorate their lives. Art that is infused into the objects of daily use.\nA poignant example is the textile art of the Banjara group in India. The pieces shown below are all made for self-consumption.\nSome examples:\n1. Satchels\n\n\n\n2. Spice Pouch\n3. Money Belt\n\n\n4. Cradle Cloth\n\n\nWithin this group of textiles we see several motifs repeated across the textiles.\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\na. The Moutain Peaks\n\n\u00a0\n\nAnd the Stepped Mountain Peaks\n\n\u00a0\nb. The Checkerboard\n\nc. The Escher Arrowheads\n(Just as it is in Escher\u2019s drawings both the figure and the ground are arrowheads and one cannot tell which was meant to be the figure and which was meant to be the ground)\n\nd. The Double Helix of DNA?\n\n[I used to have a little Lilihan rug that \u201cclearly\u201d had the double-helix pattern \u2013 protein molecules included\n\u2013 so the idea is not new to me \u2013 but I do agree that it may sound ridiculous!!)\ne. Flow Chart or Chain Reaction?\n\n\u00a0\nf. A complex molecular structure? \n\u00a0\ng. Diamonds\n\nIn the simpler motifs, the color combinations seem to have received special attention by the creators.\nMaybe these textiles were created not only as visual art but also as mathematical art. Maybe they were created with motifs that meant something to them. Maybe we just do not have the cipher needed to understand them!\nOr maybe I am just hoping for too much meaning where there is none\u2026\njm\nJune 2014\n\n\u00a0\nThe post Mystical Banjara Textiles appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.