via The Nation, 02 November 2018: Exhibition at the Queen Sirikit Textile Museum showcases royal textiles from the Javanese court.
The batik collection of King Chulalongkorn from the central Javanese principalities of Yogyakarta and Surakarta allures with distinctive shades of blue and brown and even some “forbidden motifs” reserved for the nobility.
Source: A treasure of Rama V
via VOA News, 09 February 2018:
Many of the more obvious artifacts of mass crimes, torture implements, shackles, documents, were immediately preserved in the genocide museum set up inside S-21 by the Vietnamese administrators who occupied Cambodia, but the clothes were largely ignored.
All were virtually untouched for 40 years. Many of the garments began to deteriorate due to the effects of climate and haphazard handling.
Now this is changing, as the garments’ value as evidence and cultural artifacts is being recognized. Beginning late last month, the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, which is administered by Cambodia’s Ministry of Culture, began a multi-year project to conserve 3,000 to 5,000 cloth artifacts, funded with a $55,000 grant from the U.S. government. For the first time, the clothes will be sorted, preserved, and, in some cases, displayed as part of the memorial to the 1.7 million Cambodians who died, about 25 percent of the population, during Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge regime between 1975-1979.
Source: Cambodia’s Genocide Museum Conserves Clothing of Khmer Rouge Victims | VOA News
Readers in Singapore may be interested in this upcoming lecture by Dr. Ruurdje Laarhoven.
The Decline of the VOC Trade in Indian Textiles to Southeast Asia in the 17th Century
Date: 23 April 2012
Time: 4.00 – 5.30pm
Venue: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies Seminar Room II
More details here.
The Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore is offering another 12-month research fellowship for scholars in Buddhist art and Indian Trade Textiles. Interested scholars can read the details and download the relevant forms here. Deadline is Feb 15, 2010.
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