Pusaka Collection : Online Museum of Indonesian ikat textiles

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Pusaka Collection : Online Museum of Indonesian Ikat Textiles 

Curator Peter Ten Hoopen

Ikat textiles from the Indonesian Archipelago

An archipelago wide collection

The Pusaka Collection, a private non-profit creation, has a narrow focus on ikat textiles from Indonesia. Unlike most collections, generally based on a selection of stellar pieces from a limited number of different localities, the Pusaka Collection aims to show the region’s ikat culture as a whole, using antique and vintage examples made with traditional methods. It spans the entire arc of the Indonesian archipelago, from Sumatra in the west till the Moluccas in the east. In fact it reaches beyond Indonesia’s borders to include the Malaysian state of Serawak, and the Democratic Republic of East Timor.

The collection is modest in size, but comprises numerous rare treasures – such as one of the best preserved of only a dozen known ‘elephant patola‘, old birth sarongs from tiny Raijua, late 19th C silk and gold brocade heirlooms from Bangka, fragile double ikat geringsing from Bali, cloths from Borneo that radiate intensity, and old pieces from remote little islands such as Alor, Kisar, Lembata, Ndao, Pantar, Semau, Solor, and Seram.

The collection is presented island by island, but you may also browse around at random, using the Gallery or the rapid access points above, including the addictive [RANDOM]. For those unfamiliar with ikat textiles, we recommend the menu option ‘What is ikat?‘ To understand the values and aims that shape this collection, read the page on Collecting Philosophy.

Lire la suite sur : http://www.ikat.us/

 

Ikat Textiles from the Indonesian Archipelago

Ikat Textiles from the Indonesian Archipelago

An archipelago-wide collection

Ikat Textiles from the Indonesian Archipelago

An archipelago-wide collection