Introduction \nThe magnetic appeal of Textile Arts, to me, is directly proportional to\n\u2013 the art\n\u2013 the craft\n\u2013 the symbolism\n\u2013 the cultural story and\n\u2013 the usage within the lives of the creators.\nTextile Arts that have survived the test of preferences of every descendant generation not once but many times over, develop a supreme aesthetic identity. This robust and unique aesthetic is the first hook with which I am reeled in.\nBut the greater hook lies in the cultural layer of the palimpsest of traditional Asian textiles.\nSome communities plant their textile artworks into their lives and include them in various aspects of daily living \u2013 ceremonies, celebrations, rituals etc.. The lives lived by the people in the environment of textile artwork leave an imprint that although invisible, is very perceptible. The cultural reasons for its inclusions \u2013 traditions, beliefs, lifestyles, rituals and practices are all absorbed into the textile. (Energy -> mass transfusions maybe?!) And it is THIS factor that makes these textiles most appealing to me.\nEvery piece becomes a magic carpet and with a few books on the culture to launch the journey, I am transported across time and space and am able to peep into the lives lived once upon a time.\nOf the few textile groups I have been familiar with, the Tampan Ship cloth group from Sumatra presents the greatest depth of stories as they are living documents of family histories \u2013 often noting family trees, hierarchies, status details etc.\nIn the online exhibition here, I present a few that I have had the honor of knowing.\nI hope you will enjoy deciphering the narrative in these pieces as much as I have!\n*\njaina mishra\nJuly 2017\n\u00a0\n*\n*\nThe post Online Exhibition \u2013 Tampan Ship Cloths from Sumatra appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.