[Detail view from the National Gallery of Australia.]
Mood indigo continues with a 17th-18th-century handspun cotton cloth from Sari to Sarong: 500 years of Indian and Indonesian textile exchange. The hand-drawn batik cloth was created for trade to Indonesia using natural dyes, as well as mordant block-printing. More on the 2004 textile exhibition here.
Maybe balmy destinations and sarongs are on my mind because Gauguin: Maker of Myth opened today at the National Gallery in D.C. Not since the 1980s, when the NGA's major retrospective, The Art of Paul Gauguin, was organized, has there been a Gauguin show of this magnitude in the U.S.