It is easy to be struck by the beauty of the Textile visually.\nBut sometimes the stimulation extends to realms beyond the visual.\n\nToday I received an antique shawl from Kohistan \u2013 that brought with it the scent of the wearer\u2019s life. I could smell the animals she herded \u2013 a smell similar to unrefined yak butter \u2013 distinct but not foul. It carried with it the stories of the woman\u2019s life -stories that I can only imagine and most likely will never see! I can imagine how the shawl was made \u2013 amidst her daily chores of household duties of cooking, child-minding, herding and milking the flock. I can imagine the woman wearing it as she sat around the hearth late at night and taught her daughters life-lessons while tending to her old mother. Or sitting wrapped up in the double layers of black as a senior wonan, listening to her man and her sons discuss worldly events of the world around. \nI am transported to her enchanting world simply through the scent of her textile. \nTextiles that contain such a life-scent are rare. And I look forward to stumbling upon this bonus dimension of stimulation.\nA very senior very respected textile collector in India had told me recently \u2018to experience the textile completely, hold it close to your cheeks \u2013 feel the sense of touch not only on your hands but also on your cheeks. The textile will reveal itself in a fresh way through this touch.\u2019 I did not quite comprehend his words at that time. But today I am beginning to see what he meant. \nJm\nMar 2014\nThe post The Scent of a Textile appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.