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The Vinson Collection of Indonesian Textiles

The Vinson Collection of Indonesian Textiles

By (author) Glenn Vinson


Publishing 10th Jul 2023
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    The textiles here have been organised by several broad categories, beginning with type, and then by area of origin, dating and style. First are ikats and prints from India: the ikats woven in silk as “double ikats” and known as patola, and two prints that are cotton chintz. Though made in India, these textiles were all found in Sumatra, with the patola being highly-prized heirlooms used ceremonially, and the prints being used widely in trade across Indonesia from Sumatra to the Eastern Islands.

    Next are ikats and other woven textiles organised by origin, moving West to East, from Sumatra to Borneo, Sulawesi, Bali, and Timor. For all of these pieces, the material was hand spun or commercial cotton, silk, or sometimes a mixture of the two.

    Lastly are batiks, mostly from Java. The first three are the oldest batiks in this collection, each of which has been analysed by radiocarbon dating and found to originate in the 17th and 18th centuries, respectively. These batiks are made on hand spun cotton.

    The batiks here are from Sumatra and Java (the great mother-temple of batik artistry), ranging in age, after the proto-batiks described above, from the early 19th century to mid-20th century. They vary in style from the most traditional, including those distinctive in colour and pattern from the kratons (palaces) of the sultans, Indian influences from chintz and other Indian imports, to Chinese-inspired depictions of animals, insects, plants and flowers, to French-inspired Art Nouveau mostly via Batik Belanda.

    This collection of Indonesian textiles and some related Indian textiles that were popular and influential in Indonesian usage and design came together in a series of collecting periods spanning nearly 40 years.

    About the Author

    Glenn Vinson is a retired lawyer and private investor who lived and worked in Hong Kong and Singapore for seven years through 1981. He is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School. He was a Commissioner of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, and Trustee of the Asia Art Museum Foundation for more than 20 years, and Treasurer for 17 years. He and Joan have collected Indonesian textiles as well as Chinese and Japanese ceramics and pottery since 1980.

    CA Book Publishing
    Publish date
    10th Jul 2023
    World excluding China
    330 mm x 254 mm
    214 Pages
    188 color
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