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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


Calling My Name

[Clockwise from the left: screengrab from Samantha Brown's Asia; Five Centuries of Indonesian Textiles; Balinese umbrella from The Loaded Trunk.]

Still high on my wishlist is Five Centuries of Indonesian Textiles edited by Ruth Barnes and Mary Hunt Kahlenberg. Although a Balinese escape isn't in my immediate future, maybe I'm meant to go ahead and purchase the stunning book.

 [Detail view, cover, Five Centuries of Indonesian Textiles.]

After all, it keeps crossing my path -- twice today, in fact. First in an email from the always informative Emile de Bruijn of Treasure Hunt, and a few hours later via the winter 2011 edition of Hali.

The 408-page book explores the collection of adventurous spirit and globe trekker, Mary Hunt Kahlenberg. A respected dealer, author, and former Curator of Textiles and Costumes at LACMA as well as former curator at the Textile Museum, she is widely admired for her expertise and her personal assemblage of island weavings. In his review, Jonathan Hope writes, "This remarkable book manages to be both a work of considerable scholarship and great visual beauty." Hope goes on to praise the book's design -- including 300 sumptuous illustrations, a special slip case and cloth cover -- explaining that this volume has crossover appeal to a broader audience.

[Above: Skirt (lipa songke jok), cotton, indigo (natural dye) base with small multi-colored geometric forms in field and headpanel, mid 20th century, Indonesia. National Gallery of Australia collection.]

Related past post: Sarong to Table.


Janet said...

Oh, I love that gorgeous detail shot!

Susi Johnston said...

Come visit us in Bali! As a fellow "textilian" I will welcome you, of course, with great enthusiasm. Happy to help you organise a trip, just get in touch!