A museum is a visual & experiential library.\u00a0 A museum presents a culture through its various arts.\u00a0 A visit is always an eye-opener and we find out things that we did not even know that we don\u2019t know.\nKurinji Textiles\nOn this trip to a quasi-museum outside Chennai I first encountered the spectacular Kurinji weavings of Tamil Nadu. (Kurinji is a mountain forest region in Tamil Nadu).\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nThe Real Madras Handkerchief\nAnd first saw the textile that became a popular trade textile the \u201cRMHK\u201d or the Real Madras Handkerchief!\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nApplique Patchwork Art\n \n\nAnd of course there were the fabulous cotton saris with their classic color combinations that I have loved and worn for decades. One such sari I had acquired in 1987 for a third of my salary (Rs. 2700 per month (US$ 55) which was really good for that time)\u00a0 is still very treasured and was last worn as recently as a week ago).\n\n \nOver the years of buying directly from weavers at exhibitions, I have built warm relationships with many weavers from across the country.\u00a0 One weaver\u00a0 \u2013 who is from Kanchipuram \u2013 one of the sari weaving centres in India \u2013\u00a0 always brings me a little gift: an auspicious packet of red vermillion powder from a temple in his village \u2013 a gift of blessings from the Goddess. It is touching that he should bring me this prasad year after year!\n\n\n\n\n\nComplex Hand operated Looms\n\n\n\n\n\n\nEven after two decades of love for Indian textiles, it is delightful to find two entire categories that had completely escaped my notice until now! It feels refreshing to know that I do not really know all there is to know \u2013 the pending discoveries hidden away in the future, give me something to look forward to !\n\n\u00a0\njm\nJan 2014\nThe post Traditional Textiles of South India appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.