Fabrics of an Archipelago: Stories, Creation, and History


Double Panel

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Session 9
Thu 09:00-10:30 REC A2.11

Part 2

Session 10
Thu 11:00-12:30 REC A2.11


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Textiles in the Indonesian archipelago and beyond have been much studied since the late 19th century when Dutch scholars began to compile histories and inventories of the varied production of the islands. In the second half of the 20th century there was renewed interest, especially from Western anthropologists. Further publications have been fuelled by the international art market, resulting in exoticisation and much unsupported speculation. Local voices, especially the voices of artists, have been largely absent. The panel aims to diverge from past approaches by exploring inter-disciplinary perspectives and insights into the articulation of meaning and symbolism in textiles in the region across a wide timespan and using a range of analytical tools. Contributors may be considering comparative case studies, manufacture, social and political context, dissemination of ideas and designs, for example. We would hope for diverse voices from diverse disciplinary backgrounds including textile artists as well. The ensuing discussion would, we hope, break down barriers and open debate by offering a critique of assumptions and beginning to the building of new conceptual pathways.