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PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2014 5:28 pm 
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An alert to anyone able to visit LA! There is an exhibition: "Textiles of Timor, Island in the Woven Sea" at the Fowler Museum at UCLA running from 7 Sep 2014 to 4 Jan 2015.

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Women on the island of Timor weave some of the most colorful and varied textiles in Southeast Asia. These cloths are a primary vehicle of cultural expression, and they continue to be made, used, and exchanged in ways that reveal deep social, religious, historical, and political meanings. Textiles of Timor, Island in the Woven Sea is the first major exhibition to focus on Timor’s rich textile arts. It showcases nearly fifty beautifully dyed and intricately patterned cloths, including many from the Fowler Museum, which maintains one of the world’s most complete and best-documented collections of Timorese textiles. The exhibition integrates material from West Timor, which is a part of Indonesia, and the new nation of Timor-Leste (East Timor). While the recent tragic history of the region has promoted separate identities for the two halves of the island, this project highlights shared themes that are important in the lives of people of all of the diverse cultural groups on both sides of the border.

For further information see: http://www.fowler.ucla.edu/exhibitions/ ... -woven-sea

There is an accompanying publication of the same name. For further information on how the book and how to acquire it see: http://www.fowler.ucla.edu/publications ... -woven-sea


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 10:53 am 
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Had a look at the link for the publication but the only way to contact the store is by phone and it says they only ship within the USA. How are we suppose to get a copy of the catalog? Wait for a while and it will be for sale on ebay at half the price and with international shipping. If they want to sell a lot of catalogs they need a better sales system. What to do?


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 4:48 pm 
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Hi MAC

I am afraid that I didn't follow through for availability of the publication "Textiles of Timor, Island in the Woven Sea" when I originally posted as I was trying to resist the temptation to purchase yet another textile book!

Since reading your post my interest has been piqued! I have been amazed not to find the publication anywhere currently online. I would have expected it to be on Amazon and perhaps Abe Books but no trace at all!

I have followed through from the Publications section of the Fowler Museum website and see that their publications are distributed via University of Washington Press. At UWP they advise trying to purchase from a bookseller but, reluctantly, give some contacts for different regions around the world: http://www.washington.edu/uwpress/books ... order.html There is an email address for your region, MAC, at University of Hawaii. I have sent off an email to Combined Academic Publishers (which I found via their website) to ask if they can supply a copy of the book and the cost for so doing. It remains to be seen if I get any response positive or otherwise!

The total American parochialism about the world outside N American shown by the Fowler Museum is something I have all too frequently encountered before. Probably least said about that the better!!!

I wonder if very few copies of the publication were printed? We need to keep a watching brief on-line to see if it does turn up on Amazon. There is clearly more to this than meets the eye!

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 4:50 pm 
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Hi MAC

I am afraid that I didn't follow through for availability of the publication "Textiles of Timor, Island in the Woven Sea" when I originally posted as I was trying to resist the temptation to purchase yet another textile book!

Since reading your post my interest has been piqued! I have been amazed not to find the publication anywhere currently online. I would have expected it to be on Amazon and perhaps Abe Books but no trace at all!

I have followed through from the Publications section of the Fowler Museum website and see that their publications are distributed via University of Washington Press. At UWP they advise trying to purchase from a bookseller but, reluctantly, give some contacts for different regions around the world: http://www.washington.edu/uwpress/books ... order.html There is an email address for your region, MAC, at University of Hawaii. I have sent off an email to Combined Academic Publishers (which I found via their website) to ask if they can supply a copy of the book and the cost for so doing. It remains to be seen if I get any response positive or otherwise! [I have received NO response whatsoever from Combined Academic Publishers so a very big thumbs down to them and also to Fowler who just don't care about access to publications for anyone outside the USA.]

The total American parochialism about the world outside N American shown by the Fowler Museum is something I have all too frequently encountered before. Probably least said about that the better!!!

I wonder if very few copies of the publication were printed? We need to keep a watching brief on-line to see if it does turn up on Amazon. There is clearly more to this than meets the eye!

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2014 10:26 am 
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On the exhibition information page on the Fowler website there is a video on the process of making textiles in Marobo. It includes spinning cotton thread; tying ikat; a considerable amount about dyeing - yellow, red, indigo and black; and then weaving. I am going to embed the video here for forum members to share:


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2015 11:55 am 
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Just to report that I managed to source a copy of "Textiles of Timor, Island in the Woven Sea" - it arrived in the mail today and, from an initial leaf through from cover to cover, it looks very interesting indeed with contributions from several 'names' that I recognise. Excellent photography. I am eager to get down to reading it!

I managed to get my copy from http://www.rugbooks.com/ but it seems to be the only one they had available. I have put in a plea for thought to further copies for frustrated international readers unable to get any communication on the book from the Fowler! [A warning for those who go to the Rugbooks website: it could be severely injurious to your bank balance as they have an excellent list of textile books - all too tempting!]

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2016 5:13 pm 
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MAC drew my attention to a video on weaving in West Timor which he had found on Facebook. This had originally been produced by the UCLA Fowler Museum (possibly in connection with the above referenced exhibition). Very interesting to see how a traditional weaving style has been taken and developed by the actions of one woman - Margareta Taub Kapitan - triggered by a new form of local government introduced in the 1960s by the Indonesian government. Based within an existing weaving tradition yet with a fresh direction which must have been how weaving styles developed in the past. I have tracked down the original posting on the UCLA Fowler website which has some background on the video. http://www.fowler.ucla.edu/videos/weavers-stories-timor.


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