Special Book Signing
Parcours Espace Info8 bis rue Jacques Callot, Paris
Join me on September 7th in Paris, during the Parcours Des Mondes International Fair, for a book signing of my latest publication Textiles of Indonesia.
Dressed by Nature: Textiles of Japan
Minneapolis Institute of Art
In 2019, MIA acquired Thomas Murray’s collection of Japanese textiles and will display them this summer. This exhibition will focus on the resourcefulness of humans to create textiles from local materials like fish skin, paper, elm bark, nettle, banana leaf fiber, hemp, wisteria, deerskin, cotton, silk, and wool. It will showcase rare and exceptional examples of robes, coats, jackets, vests, banners, rugs, and mats, made between around 1750 and 1930, including the royal dress of subtropical Okinawa, ceremonial robes of the Ainu from northern Japan and the Russian Far East, and folk traditions from throughout Japan.
This collection was published by Thomas Murray in Textiles of Japan.
As part of the exhibition’s opening programs, Murray gave a lecture in which he explained the various influences that went into why and how he formed the collection and developed his sense of “taste…”Accounting for Taste: On the Collecting of Textiles from JapanSunday, June 26, 2pm
Asia Week NY September 2022
This exhibition features shell artwork from some of the most legendary headhunting peoples of Asia, including the greatest shell-decorated garment in the world from the Atayal of Taiwan; a blouse decorated with mother of pearl shell beads from the B’laan of Mindanao, Philippines; an early warrior’s cape from the Naga with appliqued cowrie shells, making a human figure amid circles; and an extraordinary Naga necklace fashioned from giant clam, both from the northeastern highlands of India.
Indonesian textiles are known to convey messages across time and space by means of an archetypal iconography that include human figures, trees, boats, reptiles, birds and geometric patterns. These encoded images follow ancestral traditions and customary laws known as adat; cloth becomes sacred through a combination of fine spinning, dying, and weaving that creates a sense of aesthetic wonder. The famed anthropologist Alfred Gell referred to this magic state of mind as the “Technology of Enchantment,” the better the weaver’s technique, the greater the cloth’s aesthetic beauty, the more “agency” of spiritual power within an indiginous cultural context. And although we cannot hope to be able to decipher those archetypes in terms of the mindset of the weaver’s community, Gell gives voice to and validates our own experience that such cloths convey messages of wonder and enchantment to us when viewed here in the West… powerful, visually compelling and meaningful… just not the same meaning as in the textile’s original context.
This lecture will follow the themes presented in the newly published book, Textiles of Indonesia, and will focus on some of the finest cloths to come out of the archipelago, presenting each object with impeccable photographs. Geographically arranged, this lecture pays particular attention to textiles from the Batak and the Lampung region of Sumatra, the Dayak of Borneo, and the Toraja of Sulawesi, as well as rare textiles from Sumba, Timor and other islands.
Sponsored by Textile Museum Associates of Southern California firstname.lastname@example.org
Thomas Murray will be live at both Zoom presentations for Q&A sessions.
ZOOM WEBINAR EVENT #1
Friday evening, April 22, 2022 7 pm PDT / 10 pm EDTSaturday, April 23, 2022 9 am Jakarta & Bangkok Time / 2 am GMT
ZOOM WEBINAR EVENT #2
Saturday, April 23, 2022 10 am PDT / 1 pm EDT / 5 pm GMT
Parcours Des Mondes 8 bis rue Jacques Callot, Paris
As part of the Dressed by Nature: Textiles of Japan exhibition’s opening programs, Murray gave a lecture in which he explained the various influences that went into why and how he formed the collection and developed his sense of “taste…”
01:00 – Video Starts06:20 – Thomas Murray Begins10:50 – Main Presentation
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