New York: Harper Collins, 1991
The author states that this book is intended “to provide an overview that draws
attention to certain issues rather than provide an encyclopedic record.” The book focuses on common themes and issues concerning Indonesian textiles. It is organized by general textile-related subject matter: (i) raw materials used in producing Indonesian textiles (cotton, silk and a wide range of different fibers from tropical plants, a whole range of natural dyes), (ii) traditional looms, (iii) ikat, batik and other resist-dye methods (pelangi and teritik), (iv) decorative weaving, embroidery and related techniques, (v) textiles in society, and (vi) dress, design and color. A nice selection of photographs (100 color and black and white) illustrates each element of the discussion, and a bibliography is organized according to the themes presented. A useful list of museums to visit is included. The author is formerly an Assistant Keeper at the Horniman Museum in London and at the time of publication was a Lecturer at the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Hull.