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Show and Tell Introduction to the “Intricacies of West Timor Textiles and Weaving Techniques” by Irwan Julianto

29 September, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Indonesia is rich in textiles. On 29 September 2018 at 5PM, collector Irwan Julianto will talk about the less known, yet extremely fascinating textile cultural tradition of West Timor in East Nusa Tenggara Province, which is also shared to some extent with neighbouring Timor Leste in the same Timor Island, also known as the Island of Sandalwood.

As the speaker will show from his collection, West Timor’s woven textiles are characterized by very diverse and colourful motifs, and by at least four unique techniques of weaving: tied and dyed warp weaving, alternating warp weaving, supplementary-weft wrapping (which in Indonesia is only found in Timor Island), and slit tapestry.

West Timor has five districts, and each district has its own special motifs and techniques. Even at the sub-district level there are differences of motifs and techniques. West Timor woven textiles have their own styles, but also show ties to North Vietnam’s Dongson culture, Yunnan of Southern China, India, and were influenced by Dutch and Portuguese presence during colonial time.

Speaker Profile

Irwan Julianto is a senior journalist and textile enthusiast from Indonesia who has travelled throughout West Timor several times, and collected woven textiles from the five districts.

Source: Warp Tied and Dyed Weaving, Tokbesi village(photo by Irwan Julianto).

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NB: Events are free, but donation most welcome!


SEA Junction, OUR Venue on Southeast Asia 

SEA Junction aims to foster understanding and appreciation of Southeast Asia in all its socio-cultural dimensions –from arts and lifestyles to economy and development. Conveniently located at Room 408 of the Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre or BACC (across MBK, BTS National Stadium) SEA junction facilitates public access to knowledge resources and exchanges among students, practitioners and Southeast Asia lovers. For more information see www.seajunction.org and join the Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1693055870976440/

Source: Long tubular sarong (photo by Irwan Julianto)


29 September, 2018
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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SEA Junction, Room 408, BACC
939 Rama 1 Rd, Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330 Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand
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