Splendid Symbols : Textiles and Traditions in Indonesia
Washington D.C.: The Textile Museum, 1979
During the 1970s and early 1980s, interest in Southeast Asian textiles “took off,”
according to Michael Howard (see Textiles of Southeast Asia below). A number of
important books on Indonesian textiles were also published. This particular book became the standard reference work for collectors at the time. Several chapters are devoted to exploring the role of textiles in the social customs and religion of Indonesia, followed by individual chapters discussing the general characteristics of textiles in 14 geographic areas: Sumatra, Java, Bali, Lombok, Sumbawa, Sumba, Flores, Solor and Lembata, Timor, Roti, Savu and Ndao, Southern Moluccas, Kisar and Tanimbar, Ceram, Sulawesi, Sangir and Talaud, and Borneo. This book was originally published to document a comprehensive exhibition of Indonesian textiles from the holdings of The Textile Museum and private collections. The quality of the photographs (largely black and white) is far superior in more recent publications.