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The Art of Indonesian Textiles: The E. M. Bakwin Collection at the Art Institute of Chicago

Vol. 33, no. 2
Fall 2007
In print
Softcover $16.95
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Summary: 

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