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FLOATING THREADS: INDONESIAN SONGKET AND SIMILAR WEAVING TRADITIONS. Judi Achjadi. Sriwijaya Pustaka Indonesia, Jakarta, 2015. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Tuttle Publishing, North Clarendon. 300 pp. with 533 ills. (519 col.). 27 x 24 cm. ISBN 9786027208506 In English.
Publisher's description: Floating Weaves represents an attempt to catalogue float weave techniques used to decorate Batik cloth throughout the archipelago and hints at possible lines of distribution. Being a coffee-table book, photographs are an important part of the story. Our main sources for photography have been collections in Indonesia's own provincial museums and the National Museum of Indonesia with gaps filled by local collectors and foreign museums when not available in Indonesia. Unfortunately, Indonesia's provincial museums were established after 1950, when specimens of some textiles were no longer available in the country, the prime examples of this being the pinatikan of North Sulawesi and the Kalumpang (West Sulawesi) textiles featured in Chapter Two. The photographed textiles cover the 19th century to the present, complementing the text which reaches into the distant past and includes recent experimentations, for contemporary fabrics are as important as historical weavings to the continuation of Indonesia's precious textile traditions. Modernization is the only way to keep weavers interested in plying their trade, stimulated by the popularity of their products.
Indexing: Non-Western (Traditional/Native Arts), Asia (Traditional) — Indonesia — Textile/Fiber Arts
Plans: 73,54
Worldwide Number: 171857
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