The traditional textiles of Southeast Asia are among the most splendid and exciting works of art produced in the region. Fashioned by an astonishing range of techniques, employing a rich variety of natural materials, and displaying a profusion of patterns and motifs, these fabrics have played an important role for centuries as articles of great ritual and spiritual significance and as powerful symbols of prestige and wealth.
This volume is a comprehensive and authoritative survey of all the major textile traditions found throughout Southeast Asia. It is reprinted here with new colour plates, a corrected text, and a new foreword by Mattiebelle Gittinger, Research Associate at The Textile Museum in Washington and a leading authority on the subject.
Superb examples of the textile weaver's art, including pieces of great rarity, illustrate the dynamic interplay between indigenous Southeast Asian traditions and external cultural forces. Readers will delight not only in the superlative collection of textile pieces shown, but also in over 160 archival and field photographs that lend meaningful context to the cloths.
- Publication Date:
- 03 / 03 / 2003
- 191 x 285mm