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Floating Threads (Hardcover)

Judi Achjadi

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Hardcover. The rich tradition of Indonesian textiles goes beyond batik and ikat, arguably the most famous techniques developed in the archipelago, as the new publication Floating Threads: Indonesian .Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 300 pages. 1.701. Bookseller Inventory # 9786027208506

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Title: Floating Threads (Hardcover)

Publication Date: 2015

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

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Floating Threads represents an attempt to catalogue float weave techniques used to decorate Batik cloth throughout the archipelago and hints at possible lines of distribution. Being a coffee-table book, photographs are an important part of the story. Our main sources for photography have been collections in Indonesia's own provincial museums and the National Museum of Indonesia with gaps filled by local collectors and foreign museums when not available in Indonesia. Unfortunately, Indonesia's provincial museums were established after 1950, when specimens of some textiles were no longer available in the country, the prime examples of this being the pinatikan of North Sulawesi and the Kalumpang (West Sulawesi) textiles featured in Chapter Two.

The photographed textiles cover the 19th century to the present, complementing the text which reaches into the distant past and includes recent experimentations, for contemporary fabrics are as important as historical weavings to the continuation of Indonesia's precious textile traditions. Modernization is the only way to keep weavers interested in plying their trade, stimulated by the popularity of their products. New forms will always arise to replace old styles that have fallen out of favor, but there will always be a weaver or two who will go beyond craft-production to the level of fine art, as the reader will see in this book.

The discussion has been expanded with technical details of specific weaves by the Japanese scholar Keiko Kusakabe, a PhD candidate who has been trekking through the difficult terrain of West and northern South Sulawesi for over a decade in her quest for information on traditional textile production techniques in the region. Keiko keeps these techniques alive by teaching them to her students in Japan.

About the Author:

Judi Achjadi, a Canadian, came to Indonesia in 1958, the wife of an Indonesian diplomat, became an Indonesian citizen soon afterwards, and has spent the rest of her personal life studying traditional Indonesian dress, of which traditional textiles are an essential component. Judi says she came in at a good time, when usage of Western dress was increasing exponentially but there were still elderly experts wanting to pass on their knowledge, so that it would not be lost. Judi has written a number of articles and books, including The Glory of Batik: The Danar Hadi Collection, Exquisite Indonesia: The Finest Crafts of the Archipelago, and Batik Spirit of Indonesia.

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