This beautiful issue of Museum Studies explores the Art Institute's recent acquisitions of Indonesian textiles from the noted E. M. Bakwin Collection. Several essays introduce readers to a rich variety of textile traditions and investigate the sources, motifs, techniques, and uses of one of Asia's most spectacular art forms. The publication showcases over 70 works that represent the finest examples of Indonesia's textile traditions and evoke the region's rich ethnic and cultural complexity. Author Brigitte Khan Majlis explores these objects not only as works of art—stunning products reflecting both individual creativity and a long aesthetic tradition—but also as important cultural artifacts that illuminate the history, beliefs, and lives of the people who make and treasure them. Illustrated with splendid color reproductions and many contextual photographs, the issue features introductory essays followed by brief, engaging entries on individual objects.
Table of Contents:
Introduction and Acknowledgments Christa C. Mayer Thurman Map: The Indonesian Archipelago Behind the Warps and Wefts: Indonesian Textiles in Context Brigitte Khan Majlis Deft Hands and Divine Patterns: An Introduction to Indonesian Textile Techniques Brigitte Khan Majlis Catalogue Brigitte Khan Majlis Notes Bibliography
Art Institute of Chicago, 2007 8 3/8 x 10 1/4 in.; 112 pages; 120 color illustrations ISBN: 978-0-300-11946-6
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