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Sikka Weft Textiles: A Tribute to Weaving Women
April 30th, 2011 07:31
By Rita A.Widiadana On the hillside of Watublapi village in Sikka, 30 kilometers from the largest city in Flores, East Nusa Tenggara, a number of women meticulously weave some of the world’s most refined and elaborate warp ikat textiles. Thanks to these women’s superb talent, this centuries-old tradition is still well preserved and blossoming in the region. Once called Copa de Flores in Portuguese — or the Isle of ... detail... »
Bali-morphous Diversity
March 28th, 2011 08:43
By Rupert Bottenberg “We couldn’t do a three-hour show, people would be driven mad,” says Nino Gabrielli, co-director with Éric Vandal of Montreal’s Giri Kedaton gamelan ensemble. Their show is only half that duration, he says, “and there’s so much in it, people are left short-winded.” A bold assertion, but then Gabrielli is talking about Indonesian gamelan music—and what the ensemble, two dozen members strong, ... detail... »
Ambuyat Our Iconic Heritage
January 11th, 2011 08:25
By Jessica Tiah Many countries sought for their national traditions to be officially recognised by Unesco as part of the world’s heritage an exclusive listing of cultural treasures to be safeguarded and preserved for future generations to come. In order for these traditions to remain alive, they must be relevant to its community and continuously recreated and passed down from each generation hence the idea of ... detail... »
Royal Terengganu Songket Strives to Keep Tradition Alive
January 3rd, 2011 08:08
By Cheryl Poo At the crack of dawn, some 17 young women take their place behind wooden looms in a little workshop in the south of Kuching to weave some of the finest songket in the world. Camaraderie and music accompany intent eyes and nimble fingers as these girls work diligently through the day. This is the Sarawak arm of Royal Terengganu Songket (RTS); its other workshop is in Terengganu and the brand has a showroom in ... detail... »
Bukittinggi Turns into West Sumatra Unique Tourism Reference
December 28th, 2010 07:30
By Luc Citrinot Is tourism normalization on its way in West Sumatra? While Padang is still struggling to recover as urban reconstruction moves at a slow pace, the rest of the province is back to normal. This is especially true in Bukittinggi, West Sumatra’s largest tourist destination. The city has a population of over 90,000 inhabitants and is considered as the cradle of the Minangkabau culture, the principal ethnic living ... detail... »
Remnants of Java’s Oldest Kingdom
December 24th, 2010 08:32
By Theresia Sufa Vikkranta syavani pateh, Srimatah purnawarmanah. Tarumanagarendrasya, Visnoriva padadwayam. This sentence written in Sanskrit, and engraved onto a stone at the archeological site of the village of Ciaruteun Ilir, in Cibungbulang district, Bogor regency, West Java, translates as: “These are the footprints, akin to those of God Vishnu, of the very honorable Purnawarman, the king of Tarumanegara, who is very ... detail... »
Kebaya on the Cutting Edge
December 22nd, 2010 06:33
By Lisa Siregar Over the years the kebaya, a traditional blouse, has been the attire of choice for Indonesian women. The opening show of Jakarta Fashion Week revealed how top designers met the challenge of creating stylish, modern kebayas that still honored the long cultural history of this classic Indonesian garment. The term kebaya is derived from the Arabic word “abaya,” which means clothing. It is normally long-sleeved ... detail... »
A Different Kind of Museum
December 20th, 2010 07:21
By Jean Couteau In the Indonesian cultural world, there are (too) few things to remind us the country is not simply an Asian country, but also one in the Pacific. Indeed, even though Indonesia shares common cultural ground with states in the Pacific, and even though Eastern Indonesia is doubtless closer — ethnically and linguistically — to the Pacific than to mainland Asia, few people in Indonesia are ready to define their ... detail... »
Tracing History in the Threads in Book About Indonesian Textiles
December 17th, 2010 08:25
By Jennifer Jett Mary Hunt Kahlenberg, a world-renowned American collector and curator, traces her interest in textiles back to a childhood discovery: a hatbox full of ribbons collected by women in her family, starting from her great-great-grandmother, that she found in the attic of her house. “I became very fascinated and loved to play with these ribbons,” she said. “And somehow, I think having that opportunity to play ... detail... »
Padang Vanishing History
December 9th, 2010 08:00
By Luc Citrinot Padang, Indonesia - It has now been 15 months that West Sumatra (Indonesia) was struck by a powerful earthquake, which officially killed over 1,100 people and damaged some 200,000 houses mostly in the Padang and Pariaman districts. Hospitals, schools, and livelihoods were all affected by the disaster. The Indonesian government estimated in early 2010 that it would need over US$650 million to rebuild the area. Time ... detail... »
Central Sulawesi’s Cultural Festivals Highlight Peace
November 19th, 2010 05:00
By Franki Raden Before I left Indonesia to finish my degree abroad 13 years ago, I met an artist from Palu, the capital of Central Sulawesi, during the Nur Gora Rupa art festival in Surakarta, Central Java. He invited me to his hometown. I didn’t go simply because the place existed beyond my imagination. More than a decade ago, Sulawesi was not on the map of the Indonesian contemporary art scene. Today, the ... detail... »
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