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Ikat from Tanimbar [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Marianne Van Vuuren


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7 Jan 2013
The textiles of Indonesia are widely appreciated by textile specialists, both professional and amateur; however, the intricate ikats produced in the Moluccas, at the eastern end of the archipelago, prove to be an exception, in that little attention has been paid to this genre to date. Ikat from Tanimbar, the result of eight years' study by the author, herself an expert hand weaver, serves admirably to bridge this gap in our knowledge. The author provides the framework for the study by describing the techniques, materials and dyes used by the Tanimbarese weavers, as well as the social and ritual significance of the resulting cloths. The book concludes with an in-depth description and analysis of the iconography of the ikats of Tanimbar, cataloguing over 250 motifs employed by local weavers. Richly illustrated with new and historic photographs and numerous sketches and line drawings.

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Marianne van Vuuren read biochemistry at the University of Copenhagen, and subsequently spent several years in South America. During this stay, she became interested in the history of tribal textiles, becoming both a weaver and teacher of traditional weaving herself. During the last eight years the author has visited the Tanimbar islands regularly in order to advise cooperatives of Tanimbar weavers and continue her textile research.

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