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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2003 6:36 pm 
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Hello all - I would like some help finding museums which have ongoing collections of SE Asian (including Chinese ethnic minorities) tribal textiles. I have been finding some amazing pieces here that really deserve to be in museums, plus I am always interested in viewing good collections when I travel. Many thanks,

originally posted 15 Jun 03

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 Post subject: museum collections
PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2003 6:53 pm 
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Susan, what an excellent idea. I had also been intending to post today a request for people to post information on any exhibitions which they become aware of on the same topic of S E Asian textiles including Chinese minorities. In exchanging emails with Olivier I realised too late that there had been 3 exhibtions on Chinese textiles in Paris last month that I had not know about. If I had I might have taken Eurostar to Paris! On the topic of Museums with collections, I think it would be helpful to know both those museums which have collections of the relevant textiles but don't usually show them - regrettably the British Museum is a case in point - and those Museums which have material generally on show as well as special exhibitions. If you will all help with this information I will be very pleased to start pages giving information on Museum collections and also exhibtions from the tribaltextiles.info site. I have 'The Guide to Asian Textile Collections' published by the Textile Society of Hong Kong which lists museums and shops/galleries. Useful to have any comments about the quality of the exhibits, helpfulness of staff (especially to get access to items not on general show) and also catalogues available since we are always seeking those illusive references! If there are web references do give those although I will always consult 'my friend Goolgle' to see what comes up under the names. (On the topic of 'homes for special textiles' which Susan raises I have gone one step of the way in leaving my collection to the British Museum in my will, although I am always open to the possibility of a more deserving (always on view!) museum home for them if I find it.) So thanks very much for raising this, Susan. When I have started the webpages I will post the link to this thread - also, as ever, watch 'What's new' from the site.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2003 7:36 pm 
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This site may be of interest. Tilleke & Gibbins Textile Collection "The only law firm in Southeast Asia with a collection of textiles". We should ask the Currator to join our Forum. Best regards, Richard http://www.tillekeandgibbins.com/textil ... ailand.htm

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2003 8:39 pm 
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Richard, what a very EXCELLENT link and collection! I will (I hope after permission) include the link to the web information and, if I might be very lucky, perhaps I can visit when I should be in Bangkok this coming October for a couple of days of work. Interesting how textiles just seem to take over.....seems familiar! Very many thanks, Pamela. PS Susan mentioned overnight a new textile museum in Chiang Mai based on a 20 year collection which I hope she post details of for us all. I wonder if she is aware of the one you have drawn our attention to in Bangkok?

See http://www.tribaltextiles.info/communit ... ?p=356#356 concerning my October 2003 visit to the collection.

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 Post subject: museum collections
PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2003 8:43 pm 
The Tun Jugah Foundation in Kuching, Sarawak (Malaysia) has an excellent collection of Iban textiles, all privately owned heirloom pieces. They also offer weaving courses to local women, and if you time your visit right you can see the students at work in the classroom.Chances are you'll have the place all to yourself, as it doesn't seem to get many visitors. Or so it seemed when I visited it just last week. Nick

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2003 8:46 pm 
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Nick, what a very excellent link to the tun jugah foundation website. I found a very interesting web presentation on preparing thread, dyeing, setting up the loom and weaving puas. There is a link missing from page 8 of the 'show' (to next) but if you put in 9 to the web address you can complete the presentation. This looks a very excellent gallery and weaving workshop to visit. It is new since I last visited Kuching (one of my favourite places). The Sarawak Museum in Kuching is also worth a visit both for general ethnography and also peranakan effects including textiles. There is the Sarwak Cultural village out of town - not so good for textiles but pleasant and interesting to visit for the houses. My favourite haunt is the stretch of galleries along the waterfront of the Kuching river. Going into the different galleries and searching out the textiles is great fun and, if you show some knowledge you may be lucky enough to see the 'special' collections in the back of the shops which are only shown to keen collectors. I have spent some (expensive) hours and have quite a nice collection of bidang (Iban ikat short tube skirts) which I have added to since. My pocket will not stretch to a collection of pua although I have a nice one I collected in Kuching which gives me pleasure every day as I walk through my hallway. Nick, thanks for this very nice link and museum information. Welcome to the forum - your contributions are very welcome!

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