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Five Centuries of Indonesian Textiles Hardcover – September 1, 2010


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  • Hardcover: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Prestel; Slp edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3791350714
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791350714
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 9.5 x 2.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #575,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Five Centuries of Indonesian Textiles is a testament to [the authors'] careers as distinguished scholars, curators, and private collectors of Indonesian textiles." --Museum Anthropology Review

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Including many rare and antique examples, this luxurious volume introduces readers to the intoxicating and complex beauty of Indonesian cloth. Since the 1970s Mary Hunt Kahlenberg has been building her collection of exquisite ceremonial garments and sacred textiles from throughout Indonesia's chain of tropical islands.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gini Alhadeff on December 31, 2010
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I cannot properly express how moved I am by this book--Five Centuries of Indonesian Textiles--which I received for Christmas. From the physical aspect of it to the text it is steeped in a sort of concentrated quiet and beauty--a real beauty, as though the book were weaving itself out of knowledge accumulated over decades, consciously and unconsciously. The fabrics themselves are astonishing. I am only afraid that after looking at them closely it will be hard to look at any fabrics woven now, extraordinary though some of them may of course be. With these Indonesian ones the fineness of designs seems to come from a combination of so many layers of ritual, inspiration, and tradition that to look at them is to be drawn into a new (to me) universe of symbols and beliefs which I'll at least be able to study through the text.
It is a perfect book and if I were to save a few of all the ones I own this would be one of them--I am learning so much.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Donald Breyer on June 12, 2011
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A remarkable book. Just released, it has become the defining work in Indonesian textile studies. The book is filled with lush and evocative images of one of the world's great Indonesian textile collections. The collection was lovingly gathered over the years by the pioneer of Indonesian textile appreciation, Mary Hunt Kahlenberg. The accompanying descriptions are written by the top scholars and enthusiasts in the field, all well known for their passion for Indonesia. For textile collectors it's a major addition to the library. For beauty lovers it's an aphrodesiac fantasy trip through the world's greatest and least understood textile traditions. Throughout the collection the heightened sensitivity and knowledgable hand of MHK is shown in her inimitable and rarefied taste. It can be read straight through but I like to dip into it periodically for a special textile buzz.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gary N Gartenberg on June 15, 2011
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Five Centuries of Indonesian Textiles is the essential work on the subject of Indonesian textiles. The aesthetic caliber and historical significance of the material assembled and displayed in this text will likely never be matched. This publication is emblematic of the deepest kind of veneration, attention to detail, and care on the part of Mary Hunt Kahlenberg, Dr. Ruth Barnes, and the many other contributors and collaborators who made this one of the greatest books on textiles ever produced. Bravo!!!
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