Indonesian and Other Asian Textiles : A Common Heritage

Indonesian and Other Asian Textiles : A Common Heritage

Kain Indonesia dan Negara Asia Lainnya Sebagai Warisan Budaya
(Indonesian and Other Asian Textiles: A Common Heritage)
Kartiwa, Suwati
Jakarta: Proyek Pembinaan Museum Nasional, 1994/5


This book, written in both Indonesian and English, accompanied an exhibition in
Jakarta in 1994. The Director General of Culture in the Department of Education and
Culture, Professor Dr. H. Edi Sedyawati, noted the importance of the exhibition: “The
objective of this exhibition is to arouse interest and enlighten the public about the
importance of traditional cloths as a nation’s cultural treasury. In making the public
aware of values contained in these traditional textiles it is hoped that they will become a
source of inspiration for creativity and so develop the national culture which reflects the
nation’s identity.” The book includes a selection of color and black and white
photographs of batiks, ikats, and ceremonial cloths as well as photographs of life
ceremonies and people weaving textiles. I found one passage of special interest; noting
that the Indonesian Designers Association has been engaged in the development of
traditional textiles by producing them as printed textiles or on a handloom, and this has
created a demand for traditional textiles.

 

 

 


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