Five Centuries of Indonesian Textiles
Including many rare and antique examples, this luxurious volume introduces readers to the intoxicating and complex beauty of Indonesian cloth.
Since the 1970s Mary Hunt Kahlenberg has been building her collection of exquisite ceremonial garments and sacred textiles from throughout Indonesia’s chain of tropical islands. Dating from the past five centuries and brought together here for the first time in book form, these woven and batiked hangings, ceremonial mats, jackets, shawls, and head cloths form a stunning array that will draw the attention of anyone with a love of art, fine craftsmanship, and design. Large, elegantly presented photographs show the textiles in incredible closeup detail and full expanse, making it possible to appreciate their technical brilliance and rich colors as well as the dazzling assortment of intricate patterns and motifs. Including essays by leading anthropologists and art historians, this book brings readers into a world ruled by the belief that weavings communicate with and transform those who come into contact with them.
“Five Centuries of Indonesian Textiles is a testament to [the authors’] careers as distinguished scholars, curators, and private collectors of Indonesian textiles.” —Museum Anthropology Review
Mary Hunt Kahlenberg
Mary Hunt Kahlenberg, one of the major authorities in the U.S. in the field of historic textiles, formerly served as Curator of Textiles and Costumes at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) for a decade, where she built its Indonesian and Pre-Columbian collections. Also a former curator at the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C., she studied textile design at the Institute of Chicago, and in Vienna and Berlin. Currently a Research Associate with the Museum of New Mexico, she is co-curator for the Neutrogena Wing, opened August 1998. She authored the books "Textile Tradition of Indonesia", "Walk in Beauty: The Navajo and Their Blankets", and most recently from Abrams, "The Extraordinary in the Ordinary: Textiles and objects from the Cotsen collection and Neutrogena Collections."