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PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 7:06 pm 

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Dear friends,

I would like to alert you to the upcoming exhibition, earlier announced with provisional dates, called Woven Languages (a tribute to Brigitte Khan-Majlis) in the Museo do Oriente. I call it historic, because this is the first exhibition in the world dedicated exclusively to the fabulous profusion of Indonesian ikat weaving traditions in a comprehensive fashion.

The exhibition, on 500+ m2, presents the weaving arts of the entire Indonesian archipelago, from Sumatra and Borneo to East-Timor and beyond, including early 20th C. examples from very remote, tiny islands. 'Woven Languages' includes several of the world’s rarest specimens, offering a unique opportunity to see these fragile masterpieces of an ancient art form that is fast dying out. Of special interest are the Sumatran silk limar with gold brocade, the sacred Balinese geringsing from Tenganan, colonial period sarongs from the Moluccas (Kisar, Babar, Luang, Lakor), and refined ikat textiles from Los Palos in East Timor, of which less than ten are known to be extant. Perhaps the most spectacular piece is a 4.5m long 'elephant patola' made in India for Indonesian rajas, one of the best preserved of a dozen known pieces in the world. A few cloths are on loan from other museums but the core of the exhibition is formed by my ‘Pusaka Collection’ (see The collection is enriched by documentation that brings to life the people, notably the women, who made these fascinating textiles. I am attaching a mini poster, and the press release for further information.

Dates: 23 October 2014 - 25 January 2015
Museo do Oriente, Avenida de Brasília, Doca de Alcântara (Norte), 1350-352 Lisbon
23 October 2014 - 25 January, 2015. Open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00-17:00.

File comment: Mini poster
Ikat - Woven Languages - Cover Kisar 02 500px.jpg
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Phone: 213 585 200, E-mail:

Hope to see you at the opening!

Best regards,

File comment: Press Release with full information on the exhibition
Woven Languages - Press Release v7.pdf [116.81 KiB]
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Peter ten Hoopen

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