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Textiles of Southeast Asia: Tradition, Trade and Transformation

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Textiles provide a visual history of a country's culture and crafting traditions in a way few other things can accomplish. In Textiles of Southeast Asia, Dr. Robyn Maxwell provides the definitive work on Southeast Asian textiles.

Traditional textiles are one of the most widely collected and important categories of Southeast Asian art. Using an extensive range of locally produced raw materials and an astonishing array of techniques--including applique, weaving, batik and embroidery--the textiles of Southeast Asia are astonishing in their versatility and originality. Textiles are used to fashion everything from everyday clothing to sacred and ceremonial costumes, shrouds and wrapping cloths, hangings, banners and ritual regalia--all of which are represented and explained in Textiles of Southeast Asia.

This authoritative text focuses on the changing relationship between indigenous Southeast Asian traditions and the outside influences continuing to be brought to the area, which change the nature of the region's textile traditions. This book considers the various ways Southeast Asian textile artisans reacted over the centuries to the steady stream of new and powerful ideas and raw materials arriving from India, China, the Islamic world and Europe. A detailed and definitive resource, Textiles of Southeast Asia is a welcome addition to the field of textiles.

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3 customer reviews Between 4−5 stars rating, 12 September 2014
By: A Shopaholics Den

At first glance, Textiles of Southeast Asia: Tradition, Trade and Transformation looked a lot like a text book for those venturing into this industry.  Plenty of information is found inside including a guide to the foundation, foreign influences and also the changing course for textiles in Southeast Asia. It turned out to be quite an interesting read for me as I discovered many different techniques including types of appliqué and decorative weaving used to produce these textiles. I’m so proud to be in this region where such beautiful textiles are created

This book also tells the story of the different textiles, their motifs and the secular and religious... See More

traditions which govern their use, paired with beautiful coloured illustrations that helps to shape the history of the textiles we see today. No longer am I going to just refer to a print as just another ‘motif’ now that I’ve learned of the different influences and meaning behind them now that I’m armed with the knowledge of the Chinese, Islamic, Indian and European influences on textiles.

The glossary of technical terms is an added bonus to the book, educating readers like myself on the various terms used to describe textiles and the methods used in creating them. A great educational and reference read on textiles, its historical origin and the changes it has gone through over the years

If you’ve got a passion to be in the fashion industry, this is one book that you should read.

3 customer reviews Between 4−5 stars rating, 27 August 2014
Interesting book!
By: Choice

This important volume should interest students of ethnic textiles as well as the general reader.

3 customer reviews Between 4−5 stars rating, 27 August 2014
A New Standard
By: Journal of Asian Studies

She has certainly succeeded admirably in masterfully exploring the foundations, major foreign influences, and the diverse and complex meanings that textiles have had for the various peoples of the region … Will be a standard work for years to come.

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