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TRADITIONAL INDONESIAN TEXTILES

Gillow, John

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ISBN 10: 0500278202 / ISBN 13: 9780500278208
Published by Thames and Hudson, Ltd., New York, New York, 1995
Condition: Good+ Soft cover
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Small corner crease front cover. Corners lightly bumped. Very clean, tightly bound volume. Chapters include: the textile history of Indonesia, yarns-looms and dyes, the decorative craft of batik, a world of pattern (warp lkat, welft lkat, geringsing, plangi and tritik), the art of embellishment (supplementary weft-supplementary warp, embroidery applique, beadwork and shellwork, bark cloth), a textiles guide to the islands, bibliography and index. 160 pages. Size: 8 1/4" x 11 3/4". Bookseller Inventory # 4585

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Title: TRADITIONAL INDONESIAN TEXTILES

Publisher: Thames and Hudson, Ltd., New York, New York

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Paperback

Illustrator: Dawson, Barry - Photographer

Book Condition:Good+

Edition: 1st Paperback Edition

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The fabrics of Indonesia have long held an allure. They have now won universal popularity, so much so that local names for techniques of dying and weaving - batik, ikat, tritik - have been adopted internationally as generic terms.

The reverence accorded to textile art on the islands is reflected in every area of production; precision of weave and exquisite patterning are testimony to superlative craftsmanship. Lying at the heart of a vast network of trading routes, Indonesia has absorbed a wealth of foreign influences that have spawned an eclectic culture uniquely mirrored in its textile art.

Beautiful cloud shapes characteristic of Chinese painting reappear in Javanese batik, while Ming porcelain and Chinese embroideries have provided inspiration for many wonderful patterns. Indian symbols - the tree of life, the naga snake, the sacred mountain, the lotus - have all been rendered as textile motifs. Geometric forms, human and animal figures and even Dutch Art Deco designs can also be found.

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The fabrics of Indonesia, at one time the preserve of scholarly enthusiasts, have now won universal popularity, so much so that local names for techniques of resist-dyeing - batik, ikat, plangi and tritik - have been adopted internationally as generic terms. The reverence accorded to textile art on the islands is reflected in every area of production; precision of weave and exquisite patterning are testimony to superlative craftsmanship. Lying at the heart of a vast network of trading routes, Indonesia has absorbed a wealth of foreign influences that have spawned an eclectic culture uniquely mirrored in its textile art. Beautiful cloud shapes characteristic of Chinese painting reappear in Javanese batik, while Ming porcelain and Chinese embroideries have provided inspiration for many wonderful patterns. Indian symbols - the tree of life, the naga snake, the sacred mountain, the lotus - have all been rendered as textile motifs. Geometric forms, human and animal figures and even Dutch Art Deco designs can also be found. John Gillow begins his account - based on firsthand research often conducted in isolated areas - with a complete history of textile production in the Indonesian archipelago. He describes the various materials, dyes and looms, and details their use in the creation of batik and the many other richly patterned cloths, from Javanese silks and the hinggi mantles of the Sumban kings to Balinese Iamak banners and the gold-thread brocades of Sumatra. Specifics of their embellishment are followed by a guide to the islands and their products. More than one hundred and fifty dazzling photographs specially taken by Barry Dawson illustrate these marvels of time-honored workmanship, while a reference section including a bibliography and guide to collections provides indispensable factual background. This refreshing insight into a glorious tradition of ethnic craft will captivate students, travelers, collectors, designers, and all who appreciate textile art at its finest.

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