Life is full of choices and the worst challenges are choosing between two bad choices or between two good choices.\nShall I buy a painting or a textile? Shall I spend time studying the painting or studying the mind of the artist? Shall I spend my time indulging my mind by studying the art or shall I spend it indulging my eyes and soul and soaking up its beauty.\nSince all resources are finite for everyone \u2013 especially the most critical of all \u2013 time \u2013 there is no choice but to choose.\nThere was a film I\u2019d watched long ago \u2013 with Cher and Meryl Streep and someone else \u2013 in which they have the boon to live forever. The film explores how boring that becomes for them as time progresses. Would that happen to me?\u00a0 Maybe. But only after finishing looking at all the old arts of the word and meeting all the vanishing cultures \u2013 which would take up a few hundred years. But yes \u2013 after that I\u2019d have to take up a new interest like climbing mountains or diving or meditation!\nSigh. So much wistful thinking. But today sad sentiments have no place \u2013 because I am so thrilled and so exhilarated on two counts \u2013 both of which relate to art.\nThe first reason is this:\nAs I examined some photos of ancient paintings that I took a few weeks ago, I noticed that the subject contained very detailed textiles \u2026.\n\u2026\n!!!\nAfter the initial surprise, the thrill set in. And then I found myself going up on 3 rollercoasters simultaenously.\nOne \u2013\u00a0 relishing the saturated colors and the very unique\u00a0 character and strokes\nTwo \u2013 trying to decipher the story within and getting a shot of adrenalin every time I recognised a scene\nThree -noticing all that the figures were wearing and examining and understanding the costume format, the textile, the design, was it printed was it woven, did the format mean something \u2026\nI was examining one photo after the other in a hurry to see all that there was to be seen, in full size, zoomed in\u2026 to study and identify and understand all that I was looking at ..\nThis roller coaster had no down. Just up up and up! And the best part was that no choices needed to be made \u2026 everything was coming at me through the same visual input! Hence the undiluted joy!\nIn a short story I read long ago in my very impressionable years, Somerset Maugham talked about a man who met with his death simply because the sight he saw one night was more beautiful than his heart could handle. Literally. And so he died of beauty. And what a coincidence that he was talking of the sight of the mid-autumn full moon in Denpasar \u2013 the same location that my photos were taken in.\u00a0 I remember thinking at that time in my ridiculous naivete of youth \u2013 \u201cya right \u2013 how can anyone die because of beauty\u201d\nBut then I had not yet experienced the beauty of Bali.\nSo \u2026 here are some pictures for those who love antique textiles \u2013 paintings from Bali that made me want to see more, meet these beautiful people that have been painted here \u2026 and watch them in their full splendor within the lives they lived in that era.\nThese were all painted on wooden ceilings.\n\nOne more place to go back to\u2026 with my zoom lenses and the ones that can handle darkness better!\nSomeday soon!!\njaina mishra\njan 2016\nBack to Indonesian Archipelago Diaries\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\nThe post Textiles in Ancient Balinese Paintings appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.