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TAC Saturday Lecture, Beyond the Warp and Weft: Ikat Textiles of the Island of Savu, Eastern Indonesia

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Savu weaver

Courtesy of Geneviève Duggan.

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The fine Savu ikat textiles have intrigued collectors who sensed that they entail something not readily visible. Cloths made by skillful weavers during special ceremonies are considered sacred and powerful which confers a particular rank to the women who make them. Join Geneviève Duggan, PhD to discover not only the physical and aesthetical characteristics of the textiles, but also their intangible aspects. In a traditionally non-literate society one can ‘read’ textiles deciphering messages that connect people to their rich past.

During three decades of contacts with islands of eastern Indonesia, Duggan researched textile traditions in social contexts. Her publications include Ikats of Savu, women weaving history in eastern Indonesia, (White Lotus 2001). From 2010 until 2013 she was a visiting fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) in Singapore.

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Admission: Free to TAC Members, $5 Students and members of FAMSF, $10 General Admission.

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Textile Arts Council
(415) 750-3627