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Batik, traditional textiles of Indonesia : from the Rudolf Smend & Donald Harper collections / contributors, Inger McCabe Elliott [and eight others] ; captions, Maria Wrońska-Friend
Bib ID 7089907
Format BookBook [text, still image, volume]
Description Tokyo ; Rutland, Vermont : Tuttle Publishing, [2015] 
©2015 
176 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 32 cm 
ISBN 9780804846431 (hardcover)
080484643X (hardcover)
Summary

Batik occupies a special place in Indonesian culture. Each fabric has a rich story to tell--as a reflection of the nation's religious beliefs, sophisticated court cultures and cosmopolitan history. The extraordinary textiles in this book are from the collections of Rudolf Smend and Donald Harper. Most date from the period 1880 to 1930 when the art of batik reached its apogee. Having collected historic batik for over thirty years and published two books on the subject, Rudolf Smend has invited his friend and fellow batik specialist Donald Harper to contribute his fine collection to this publication as well. None of the batik in this book have been published before. They represent an exquisite cross-section of the batik production of Java--the most important batik-producing region in the world. The cloths are complemented by vintage photographs from the first quarter of the 20th century demonstrating how the batik were worn at court and at home. Three are from museums in Dresden and Cologne, while three are from the private collection of Leo Haks. The others have been collected over the past 30 years from private sources in Java. The captions are by Maria Wronska-Friend, an ethnologist and batik expert who frequently visits Indonesian batik centers and has worked for many years as an anthropologist in Papua New Guinea. Her contributions provide fundamental knowledge for lovers of this art form while at the same time providing new insights for experts.

Full contents
  • From the Rudolf Smend & Donald Harper batik collections
  • My introduction to the world of batik / Donald Harper
  • Batik and I / Jonathan Hope
  • Attracted by Javanese culture / Annegret Haake
  • Batik: fabled cloth of Java / Inger McCabe Elliott
  • A prophetic gift / Brigitte Khan Majlis
  • Chance, fate or magic? / Rudolf Smend
  • Back to his roots / Antje Soléau
  • Javanese batik to the world / Maria Wrońska-Friend
  • Growing up with batik / Haryani Winotosastro
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references.

Subjects Smend, Rudolf G. -- Art collections.  |  Harper, Donald (Donald James) -- Art collections.  |  Batik -- Indonesia -- Themes, motives.
Other authors/contributors Smend, Rudolf G., collector, author  |  Harper, Donald (Donald James), collector, author  |  Elliott, Inger McCabe, author

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