Textiles of Indonesia, Book by Thomas Murray


Textiles of Indonesia

by The Thomas Murray Collection
Publication date: January 25, 2022
Hardcover: 526 pages
10.5 x 2.13 x 13.75 in

Drawn from one of the world’s leading textile collections, this magnificently presented array of traditional weavings from the Indonesian archipelago provides a unique window into the region’s cultures, rites, and history.

Gathered over the course of four decades, the Thomas Murray collection of Indonesian textiles is one of the most important privately owned collections of its type in the world. The objects comprise ritual clothing and ceremonial cloths that tell us much about the traditions of pre-Islamic Indonesian cultures, as well as about the influences of regional trade with China, India, the Arab world, and Europe. As with the earlier volume, Textiles of Japan (Prestel, 2018), the book focuses on some of the finest cloths to come out of the archipelago, presenting each object with impeccable photographs, colors, patterns, and intricate details. Geographically arranged, this volume 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. Readers will learn about the intricate and highly developed traditions of dyeing, weaving, and beading techniques that have been practiced for centuries, resulting in a breathtaking collection of motifs, patterns, dyes, and adornments. Original texts by leading international experts draw on the latest research to offer historical context, unspool the mysteries behind ancient iconography, and provide new insights into dating and provenance. At once opulent and scholarly, this book arrives at a moment of growing interest in Southeast Asian culture and carries the imprimatur of one of the art world’s leading collectors.

Full List of Contributors: Lorraine Aragon, Joanna Barrkman, Chris Buckley, Kristal Hale, Valerie Hector, Janet Alison Hoskins, Itie van Hout, Eric Kjellgren, Fiona Kerlogue, Brigitte Khan Majlis, Robyn Maxwell, Thomas Murray, and Sandra Sardjono.

Textiles of Indonesia is an incredible accomplishment. The book makes me want to get on a plane and head back to Indonesia. even though I realize that textiles like this can't be found any more. I want to go through it carefully partly because every time I look at it, this book fills me with so many new discoveries and great memories. It is really amazing.
Paul Taylor, Research Anthropologist
Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History
IT'S FABULOUS!! I can't thank you enough for contributing a new and important chapter to the ongoing field of awareness, insight, knowledge and inspiration provided by these textiles, and fabulous photographs that provide such intimate contact. Many thanks to you for having produced such a wonderful gift that so respectfully honors the textiles we love.
Gerhardt Knodel, Director Emeritus
Cranbrook Academy of Art
Wonderful book... texts are very interesting and every time I open the book, I am fascinated by the many excellent Indonesian textiles I have never seen before.
Shinobu Yoshimoto, Professor Emeritus
National Museum of Ethnology・Osaka, Japan
Your book is fantastic, and your collection is a dream …. You should open a Museum now !
Constance de Monbrison, Curator
Responsable des collections Insulinde, Musée du quai Branly