These are two illuminated gospel books were made between 300-700 AD at Abba Garima Monastery in Ethiopia.

The Garima Gospels contain twenty eight full-page illuminations; each one bursting with color. The remarkably extant book covers are decorated with gold, silver, and holes where gems had been placed.

According to the oral history of the monastery, the manuscripts were scribed and illustrated by Abba Garima himself in the 490s AD. Thus, the Garima Gospels were acknowledged by the monks as being extremely old and religiously valuable.

The handful of Western scholars who managed to venture to Abba Garima Monastery upon their inspection of the manuscripts suspected some Mediterranean influence, but concluded that the illuminations were within a firmly conventional and uninteresting style of 12th-14th century Ethiopian painting.

It was not until 2000, when the French scholar Jaques Mercier brought fragments of the manuscripts’ parchment to Oxford University for radiocarbon dating, that the Garima Gospels were pushed into the international spotlight as one of the oldest (and most well preserved) illuminated gospel books.

Now, the Garima Gospels are considered one of the artistic wonders of the world: a priceless treasure from the ancient world preserved in the most unlikely of places.

The difficulty of actually seeing these extraordinary manuscripts–many of them are hoarded away in the mountain monasteries of Ethiopia–has kept the art historical community from bringing to light what could be a vast and beautiful strain of Late Antique painted religious books.

Additionally, it was not until scholars found a possible connection that the manuscripts shared with the “Western tradition” that they decided it was worthy of actually being looked at!

The Garima Gospels are both heartening and frustrating in this regard…



Wink, from the wonderful blog, A Creative Being, was inspired by the work of Garima Dhawan; a textile designer/print maker. She sells her stuff on Society6 and Spoonflower.  When the above piece caught her eye, Wink decided to create a ‘crochet painting’ inspired by the first piece.  It’s amazing what you can do with some yarn, a hook, paint and a canvas.  SO impressive!  


Happy Birthday Garima <3

Ohh well can i say first SUPRISE SUPRISE!! :P and happy birthday i hope all your dreams come true and may you succeed in everything you wanna do. Have a blast on your bday enjoy it and eat lots of cakes :P 
And yeah i know we just met each other and started to talk with other but what i can say is your really awsome and sweeeeeet girll and you know i love you okay? hehe :P have funn and sorry for this ugly gifset i made :p lol w/e once again HAPPY BIRTHDAYYYYYY <3!! 

Wedding Prep Day 6!


I know that after yesterday, a lot of people were actually considering holding back on future episodes for a while, including myself. But I’m glad that I watched today’s.

Honestly speaking, I’m actually glad Shyam’s back. As much as I loved all the Rabba Ve moments, they were starting to get a little bit overrated! And, I was actually starting to tire of all the routine twists and turns. Basically, the show started getting a little bit too predictable for my taste.

Ok so, let’s start from the beginning! Khushi eats a whole plate of jalebis as usual! And, for once in her lifetime, she actually ignores Arnav’s phone…if only it were Arnav calling. I laughed like crazy when she tried acting like Buaji over the phone! Does the girl not know that caller ID exists?

No Khushi! Don’t give in yet! Play hard to get! No no…I’m only joking. I truly do understand Arnav’s anger with Khushi - totally with Arnav on this one! I actually ended up skipping yesterday’s episode because, I couldn’t fathom the idea that Khushi somehow saw past everything, and brought Shyam back. I understand that she was trying to help Anjali but, she knows, better than anyone else at RM, what this guy is capable of.

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Kadak collab: Life in Mumbai

Garima’s ART Map cover illustration on Mumbai’s heritage buildings meets Mira’s satirical print on the daily lives of the struggling working class.

The collab image is an intersection of life and culture in the city of Mumbai. From the majestic structures of the South, it’s pubs and nightlife, to the expansive slums, reality and hardships of working in the country’s commercial capital.