Southeast Asian Women’s Textile Traditions

The Costume Society of America, Western Region invites members and non-members alike for a special curators tour of three exhibits at the Fowler Museum at UCLA on August 21, 2010 (register by August 17). The press release for the exhibition notes the impact the making of cloth has on these women’s lives:

“In the Southeast Asian archipelago, making cloth is regarded as the archetypal form of women’s work and creativity. Traditionally, women learned the textile arts — typically weaving or making batik — before they were eligible for marriage. Later in life, excelling in making cloth, and especially in mastering complex natural-dye processes, was regarded as the highest measure of a woman’s achievement.”

Attendees will be treated to three personalized tours by well-spoken curator Roy Hamilton: The largest exhibition Nini Towok’s Spinning Wheel: Cloth and the Cycle of Life in Kerek, Java chronicles the last place in Java where batik is still produced on handwoven cotton cloth. The exhibition concludes with a series of seventeen outfits, each specific to a particular individual according to their sex, age, social status, occupation, and place of residence. Also on view will be Fowler in Focus: Courtly and Urban Batik from Java, an exhibition drawn from the Fowler Museum’s extensive holdings of Indonesian textiles and contrasts both courtly and urban batiks. Lastly is Weaver’s Stores from Island Southeast Asia which examines textile arts in Southeast Asia through video recorded in eight sites in four countries.

  • CSA Members
  • $10
  • CSA Student Members
  • $ 5
  • Non  members
  • $15
  • Student non members
  • $10

    For more information and directions, download the: Registration Form (PDF).

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