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Nine Years of Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

11.17.2013

Textile Scout™: Singapore


Everyone knows about Raffles and the famous drink but Singapore is also home to an acclaimed collection of Indian trade cloths acquired relatively recently by the Asian Civilizations Museum. About two years ago, the museum mounted an important exhibition, Patterns of Trade: Indian Textiles for Export 1400 - 1900, that looked at the strong influence of Indian design across the globe, particularly the impact on Indonesia. A virtual tour is still available online. Apart from a chance to see the large-scale pieces, this interactive feature really shows off the unexpected exhibition design (curator David Henkel explains his approach here).

And by the way, Met curator John Guy visited the ACM to speak about the old trade cloths; catch his lecture here. A catalog was published but it's not very easy to find in the U.S.

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