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Wovensouls online June 30 auction features private collection of rare antique Tibetan textiles & jewelry
This fine Perak headdress from the Zanskaar valley has large old turquoise stones, lambskin ears, silver embellishments, lapis accents, a central ghau meant for the protection of the wearer and two side panels adorned with the most highly valued gem locally i.e. coral. Photo: Courtesy of Wovensouls.

SINGAPORE.- On June 30, will host the online-only auction of the private collection of Jaina Mishra an award-winning photographer, cultural writer and cultural speaker.

An MBA by training, Mishra has spent the past 10 years reverently experiencing what she describes as “vanishing cultures.” While immersing herself in the odyssey that took her to Tibet, remote parts of India, the Golden Triangle of S.E. Asia and Borneo, Mishra also collected traditional and cultural art pieces such as handmade weavings, ethnic jewelry and folk art pieces that were remarkable on account of their unique character or their age.

A part of her exceptional finds will be shared with the rest of the world in an online-only auction conducted through on June 30, 2013 at 8 am Pacific Time / 4 pm GMT.

Among the most impressive items in the sale are the bejeweled headdresses that are now seen only in a few museums around the world. Lots 100, 113 and 115, the19th-century Tibetan noblewomen’s headdresses known as Pat’h that were used to support elaborate hairstyles are rare and exceptional. Also noteworthy are the 3 Himalayan Peraks laden with turquoise stones and embellished with coral, silver & lapis, also from the same region and century.

Textiles from other parts of the world are also on offer. Lot 131, a large painted textile called the Pabuji-ki-phad, is an antique example of a textile mural a folk artwork that is used as a backdrop while narrating legends. A similar example of the Phad is displayed at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.

The catalog includes several pieces of silver jewelry that are rare collectibles that are almost impossible to find now. Lot 195, a collection of 7 hookah pipes used by Nawabs, is a representative example of the rare pieces offered at this auction.

Most of the lots offered at the auction are excellent examples of their category and the auction catalog is definitely worth a leisurely look.

Wovensouls is based in Singapore and works with several reputed private clients including a prestigious museum and a prominent art institution.

Wovensouls’ online-only auction is open for bidding and will end at 8 am Pacific Time / 4 pm GMT on June 30.

For questions about any item in the sale, e-mail

Log on to to view the fully illustrated catalog and sign up to bid on the June 30 auction..

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