Howard, Michael C.; Bark-cloth in Southeast Asia
The first comprehensive survey of Southeast Asian bark-cloth. Followed by chapters discussing the archaeological evidence of bark-cloth in the region and in the collection of the Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde in Leiden. Further chapters deal with bark-cloth in Vietnam, Southern Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia, Taiwan, the Philippines, Kalimantan and Papua. The book is richly illustrated with over 100 black and white and over 180 color photographs.
WL Order Code 2904
Kuala Lumpur 2000, 182 pp., 32 pp. illus. in col., 195 x 255 mm, 0.790 kg
Leigh, Barbara; Changing Face of Malaysian Crafts, The
Malaysian crafts, like indigenous crafts around the world, are undergoing great change as the result of the phenomenal rise in domestic and international tourism on the demand side and as a result of globalization pressures on the supply side, The Changing Face of Malaysian Crafts aims to give a personal face to some of those changes that are taking place within Malaysia. The book has been carefully researched and carries a detailed biography. It commences with a comprehensive historical introduction. As each of the crafts is examined, it is evident that contemporary crafts often carry inspiration from traditions. Metal-ware, bead-work and gold-thread embroidery, ornamented textiles, fibre-ware and bamboo products, pottery, woodcarving, and recreation and ritual activities are explored in this context. Richly illustrated both in colour and in black and white, this book will be of special interest to those who wish to understand social continuities and change as depicted in the modern face of Malaysian crafts.
WL Order Code 8076
Kuala Lumpur 1997, 220 pp., 71 pp. illus., 32 pp. in col., 1 map, 195 x 225 mm, 0.750 kg
Saunders, Kim Jane; Contemporary Tie and Dye Textiles of Indonesia
Textiles have always been an integral part of the cultures of Southeast Asia. As a dynamic art form, threads woven and worn often provide a revealing insight into the past and present lives of the weavers and wearers. Throughout the islands of the Indonesian archipelago, a diverse sea of textiles is found in shops, markets, and villages. Although traditional textiles have been well documented, no study has focused exclusively on contemporary production within this dynamic tradition. This book maps contemporary areas of production and markets, and documents a cross-section of current practices and examples of tie and dye weaving in Indonesia. Aimed at both the textile student and the general reader, it provides a fascinating introduction to the diversity of the textiles of each of the main islands as well as useful guidance on their identification and classification.
WL Order Code 21038
Bangkok 1985, 124 pp., fully illus., 9 pp. in col., 210 x 300 mm, 0.520 kg
Barker, David K.; Designs of Bhutan
Two hundred and eighty-nine individual designs illustrated in one hundred plates are drawn from woven and decorated items made in the Royal Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan during the last two centuries. The designs are displayed in clear diagrammatic form. The designs of Bhutan, whilst unique in nature, have been nurtured over many years and also contain elements of influence from China, Tibet and Nepal. This Mahayana Buddhist kingdom portrays its thoughts, aspirations, imagination and beliefs in the weaving art for everyday use in clothing, decorative panels, carpets and religious coverings and other items. Religious symbols, animal and plant life, natural phenomena, everyday objects, tradition, mythical and geometric forms and a range of border elements are included which can be transferred to colorful and unusual uses.
WL Order Code 22658
Bangkok 2012 162 pp., 80 pp. illus, 210 x 295 mm, 1.000 kg
McLean, Maya; Dress and Tai Yai Identity in Thoed Thai, Northern Thailand
Dress and Tai Yai Identity in Thoed Thai, Northern Thailand examines the changing identity of the Tai Yai people of Thoed Thai who migrated to northern Thailand from Burma as seen through dress as a symbol of their ethnic identity. It examines the influence of drug warlord Khun Sa, the subsequent role of the Thai state, and finally the process of cultural revival that began in 2002. The study provides a survey of the different types of textiles produced and worn in the community and of those who make them. Two hundred and twenty-eight color photographs accompany the text.
WL Order Code 22633
Bangkok 2009, 108 pp., 40 pp. illus. in col., 215 x 295 mm, 0.500 kg
Amantea, Franco; Dress, Textiles and Identity of the Black Tai of Loei Province, Northeast Thailand
This book examines the contemporary role of traditional and tradition-based Black Tai textiles and dress as material and symbolic representations of the Black Tai’s ethnic and socio-cultural identity. The analysis of textiles and ethnic dress reveals that dress and textiles play a crucial role in the ethnic and cultural continuity of the Black Tai peoples. Although a number of types of traditional textiles have been lost due to acculturation and commercialization, textiles continue to figure prominently in the religious beliefs and practices of the Tai Dam. Moreover, they also determine one’s status, promoting cultural and social cohesion, and more recently serving as a means of economic development.
WL Order Code 22647
Bangkok 2010, 280 pp., 34 pp. illus., 94 pp. illus. in col., 210 x 295 mm, 1.000 kg
Howard, Michael; From Dashes to Dragons: the Ikats-Patterned Textiles of Southeast Asia
This works provides a comprehensive survey of Southeast Asia's ikat-patterned textiles. These include some of the most dramatic textiles from the region such as the famous warp ikat-patterned textiles of Sumba along with many textiles that are of great importance to the cultural heritage of the region, such as the Tai tubeskirt cloths with weft ikat gray heron motifs and the double ikat-cloths from Tenganan, Bali. The book includes a discussion of ikat techniques and the origin and diffusion of ikat in Southeast Asia. This is followed by surveys of the ikat-patterned textiles of peoples speaking Tai, Austronesian, Mon-Khmer and Tibeto-Burman languages. 296 color photographs accompany the text.
WL Order Code 22234
Bangkok 2001, 167 pp., 40 pp. illus. in col., 210 x 290 mm, 0.550 kg
Duggan, Genevieve; Ikats of Savu: Women Weaving History
This book represents the first volume in a new series edited by Michael Howard. The book explores the links between mythology and weaving of the island of Savu and examines how textiles have formed the fabric of Savunese society throughout time. Ikat weavings of Savu are exceptional in the sense that they act as markers of historical events. They have a heraldic significance and can be “read” like a text. They also form a language expressing the socio-political structure of Savunese society. In this era of globalization and the resulting threat to small-scale societies it is the author’s hope that this book will contribute to the protection of the work of traditional weavers and to the recognition of their unique cultural heritage.
WL Order Code 21807
Bangkok 1995, 126 pp., 40 pp. illus. in col., 210 x 295 mm, 0.600 kg
Goldman, Ann Yarwood; Lao Mien Embroidery: Migration and Change
The Lao Mien, a subgroup of the Chinese Yao, lived in relative isolation in northwest Laos until the Vietnam War when great numbers were forced out of their villages and into refugee centers in Laos and later in Thailand. In the 1980s many thousands of them were resettled in the United States, Canada and France. As these emigrations tore them away from age-old traditions their embroidery, an essential skill of every woman, used on all her clothing, began to reflect the changing situation of the Mien. As they came in contact with others, Mien women added new designs and colors to their embroidery. As commercial threads became available, the embroidery became more colorful and the colors more uniform. With reliable incomes, most women now order finished Mien clothing from relatives still in Thailand, Laos and China. The clothing is seldom worn but stored—in the hope that somehow the cultural traditions of the Mien will thus be preserved.
WL Order Code 21662
Bangkok 1993, 189 pp., fully illus., 48 pp. illus. in col., 210 x 290 mm, 0.830 kg
Moeyes, Marjo; Natural Dyeing in Thailand
This is a complete account of Thai natural dyeing techniques which have been perfected over the centuries and are still in use today. Marjo Moeyes, an accomplished natural dyer and weaver, has carried out an in-depth study of the dyeing and weaving techniques of the villages of northern and northeastern Thailand. Her practical work with the village craftswomen has given her a good understanding of these age-old methods and procedures. In addition, she tried out all the dyes and processes herself. Her wholly practical approach makes this book a superior guide for the working dyer and more valuable than theoretical books in this field. A comprehensive collection of 135 recipes enables the practicing dyer to experiment with dyes from Thailand at home. The book is lavishly illustrated with over 200 photographs.
WL Order Code 22456
Bangkok 2005, 182 pp., fully illus. in col., 210 x 300 mm, 0.720 kg
Chu Thai Son; Patterns on Textiles and Other Objects of the Ede and Mnong in the Central Highlands of Vietnam
This is an indispensable contribution to the literature on the material culture of the peoples of Vietnam’s Central Highlands. In addition to providing a great deal of new information on the textiles of the Êdê and Mnông, two of the most important ethnic groups in the Central Highlands, it also discusses baskets and architectural decoration. These and other peoples in the Central Highlands have a very rich traditional material culture that has been neglected in Southeast Asian literature to a great extent. The present work amply illustrates just how rich this tradition is and will help to draw attention to a heritage that is rapidly disappearing. Maps, drawings of patterns, black and white photographs, and over 200 color photographs accompany the text.
WL Order Code 1457
Singapore 1991, 265 pp., fully illus., 22 pp. in col., 230 x 280 mm, 1.300 kg
Gittinger, Mattiebelle; Splendid Symbols: Textiles and Tradition in Indonesia
An introduction to the textiles of Indonesia as well as to the culture and people who produce them. This book is a reprint of the 1979 edition with additional color plates and an updated bibliography.
WL Order Code 22657
Bangkok 2012 175 pp., 67 pp., illus. in col. 210 x 295 mm., 0.675 kg
Howard, Michael C.; Textile Traditions in Contemporary Southeast Asia
Textiles Traditions in Contemporary Southeast Asia includes eight chapters that examine different aspects of the cultural role of textiles in Southeast Asia today. The topics include the relationship between textiles and art with case studies of Tai peoples and Indonesia, The revival of natural dyeing among the Palaung of northern Thailand, the influence of Christian missionaries in northern Thailand, the use of woven banners by Buddhists in northern Thailand and Laos, the secularization of lotus stem weaving in Burma, the changing nature of textile production among the Phutai of Laos, and the use of mortuary blankets among the Kalinga of the Philippines. The chapters are accompanied by over 149 color plates.
WL Order Code 22575
Bangkok 2007, 142 pp., 35 pp. illus. in col., 210 x 295 mm, 0.480 kg
Wahsalfelah, Siti Norkhalbi Haji; Textiles and Identity in Brunei Darussalam
This book examines the role of traditional hand-woven textiles in modern Brunei Darussalam. It examines the types of textiles and the roles that they have played in different situations, such as indicators of social status, wealth, and political prominence. The study focuses on how locally woven textiles have been used to express and construct identity, especially Brunei Malay identity and Brunei national identity. The book includes seventy-five color photographs.
WL Order Code 22363
Bangkok 2004, 152 pp., 26 pp. illus. in col., 18 pp. B & W illus., 210 x 295 mm, 0.510 kg
Coury, William G.; Textiles of Insana, West Timor: Women Weaving and Village Development
This study explores the position handwoven textiles occupy in the household economy and the process of development. Throughout the pages of this book, the women of Insana tell the story of how weaving transforms the economic present and future of their families and community. It is an important addition to the body of knowledge surrounding development efforts and handicrafts. The book provides a valuable comparative tool for other researchers whose work focuses on women and development in Southeast Asia. The book contains 47 black and white photographs and 95 color photographs representing the Atoni of Insana and their textiles.
WL Order Code 21716
Bangkok 1994, 212 pp., 24 pp. illus. in col., 210 x 295 mm, 0.790 kg
Howard, Michael C.; Textiles of Southeast Asia
This bibliography provides the first in-depth compilation of the literature in this field. The material covered ranges from academic theses to articles in fashion magazines and newspapers. It provides a guide to this complex literature for the specialist and librarian as well as for those with a more casual interest. The weavers of Southeast Asia have produced an amazing array of textiles that has attracted the attention of travel writers, fashion designers, scholars, and collectors the world over. Public interest in the textiles of this region has grown considerably in recent years and, along with it, writing and exhibitions devoted to Southeast Asian textiles have appeared in unprecedented numbers. A survey of museum collections of Southeast Asian textiles from around the world completes the book.
WL Order Code 22312
Bangkok 2002, 240 pp., 35 pp. illus., 72 pp. illus. in col., 210 x 295 mm, 0.770 kg
Howard, Michael C. & Kim Be Howard; Textiles of the Central Highlands of Vietnam
This book is the first survey of the textiles of the peoples of the Central Highlands of Vietnam. It serves to fill in a major gap in the literature on Southeast Asian textiles as well as providing an important addition to the ethnography of the Central Highlands. The Central Highlands are occupied by peoples belonging to twenty-one ethnic groups who speak Malayo-Polynesian and Mon-Khmer languages. The book provides background on the history and culture of these groups and it discusses their weaving and dress traditions. In addition to numerous black and white photographs, this book presents 201 new color photographs illustrating the peoples and their textiles.
WL Order Code 22280
Bangkok 2002, 300 pp., 80 pp. illus. in col., 210 x 290 mm, 0.930 kg
Howard, Michael C. & Kim Be Howard; Textiles of the Daic Peoples of Vietnam
The first thorough survey of the textiles of the peoples in Vietnam who speak Daic languages. This is an important addition to the existing literature on the textiles of Tai and other Daic-speaking peoples of Southeast Asia. The Daic peoples in Vietnam are divided into thirteen official ethnic groups. The largest of these is the Thai ethnic group, which numbers over one million people and includes a number of sub-groups such as the Black Tai, White Tai, Tai Thanh, Tai Muang, and the Tai of Muang Daang. Other groups include the Kadai speaking Laha, Lachi, Co Lao, and Pupeo, and the Tai speaking Cao Lan, Tay, Nung, Bouyei, Zay, Tu Zi, Lao, and Lue. The book provides background on the history and culture of these groups and discusses their weaving and dress traditions. In addition to numerous black and white photographs, this book presents 295 new color photographs illustrating the peoples and their textiles.
WL Order Code 22443
Bangkok 2005, 372 pp., fully illus., 4 pp. maps, 215 x 295 mm, 1.150 kg
Howard, Michael C.; Textiles of the Highland Peoples of Burma Vol. I: The Naga, Chin, Jingpho, and Other Baric-speaking Groups
Volume 1 focuses on the speakers of Tibeto-Burma languages that are classified as Baric. These include numerous groups of Naga, Chin as well as the Mru, Jingpho, Kado, Riang, and Meithei. The majority of these peoples live in the western highlands of Burma as well as in neighboring areas of Bangladesh and India. The present work provides background on these peoples and a comprehensive survey of their textiles which includes a great deal of new information. In addition to dozens of black and white photographs and several maps, there are 96 plates with 264 color photographs.
WL Order Code 22473
Bangkok 2005, 386 pp., fully illus., 210 x 300 mm, 1.500 kg
Howard, Michael C.; Textiles of the Highland Peoples of Burma Vol. II: The Northern Mon-Khmer, Rawang, Upland Burmish, Lolo, Karen, Tai, and mong-Mien-speaking Groups
The groups included in this volume are: the Palaung, Wa, Rawang, Lisu, Akha, Karen, Shan and Hmong. The study examines textile traditions that have disappeared as well as the textiles that are being woven today by these groups. The book provides background on the history and cultures of these peoples and an extensive survey of their textiles based on numerous field studies by the author as well as on examination of museum collections and the existing literature. In addition to dozens of black and white photographs and maps, there are color plates with over 200 photographs.
WL Order Code 22311
Bangkok 2002, 244 pp., 72 pp. illus. in col., 210 x 295 mm, 0.790 kg
Howard, Michael C. & Kim Be Howard; Textiles of the Highland Peoples of Northern Vietnam: Mon-Khmer, Hmong-Mien, and Tibeto-Burman
This volume completes our survey of the textiles of the highland minority peoples of Vietnam. It covers peoples speaking languages classified as Mon-Khmer, Hmong-Mien, and Tibeto-Burman. Ten different groups of Mon-Khmer speakers are discussed, including groups such as the Muong and Tho who are related to the lowland groups of Mien (or Yao). Six groups of Tibeto-Burman speakers are covered, including the Lolo, Phula, and Lahu. In addition to numerous black and white photographs, this book presents 235 new color photographs illustrating the peoples and their textiles.
WL Order Code 22080
Bangkok 1999 196 pp., 55 pp. illus. in col., 215 x 295 mm, 0.885 kg
Yeager, Ruth Marie & Mark Ivan Jacobson; Textiles of Western Timor: Regional Variations in Historical Perspective
This research report is the first comprehensive study of the varied textile traditions of the people of western Timor. It provides historical, geographical, and cultural background in order to help explain regional variations and the important role of textiles within Timorese society. The chapters are accompanied by nearly 150 black and white photographs of people and textiles, 33 maps, and 26 figures showing comparative motifs by type or location. There are 240 color photographs of textiles from museums and private collections illustrating the rich variety of cloth woven in western Timor.
WL Order Code 21753
Bangkok 1994, 160 pp., fully illus. in col., 230 x 310 mm, 1.100 kg
Sharples, Jennifer; Thai Silk
Thai Silk affords a colorful and fascinating insight into a unique fabric that for centuries has been acclaimed the Queen of Textiles, by the wealthy, the powerful, the covetous and the humble. A traditional Thai handicraft that owes its origins to a tiny caterpillar, silk is renowned for its myriad uses. It graces the world’s most beautiful women and makes sumptuous interior design schemes appear even more lavish. Behind it all is a history as rich and exotic as silk fiber itself.
WL Order Code 2707
Mujong 1988, 100 pp., 59 pp. illus. in col., 1 map, 215 x 305 mm, 0.580 kg
Gavin, Traude; Women's Warpath: Iban Ritual Fabrics from Borneo, The
An exhibition catalogue from the UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History. The book contains color photographs of ikat fabrics and patterns as well as sections on producing an ikat and dyeing. The ritual functions of ikats are discussed and richly illustrated by photographs from Borneo.
WL Order Code 22617
Bangkok 2008, 227 pp., 135 pp. illus. in col., 210 x 295 mm, 0.900 kg
Howard, Michael C.; World Between The Warps, A: Southeast Asia's Supplementary Warp Textiles
This is the first comprehensive study of Southeast Asia’s weaving techniques and supplementary warp and warp float patterned textiles. Such textiles have received relatively little attention in the past even though they are an important part of the textile legacy of the region, linking peoples to a common Bronze Age past associated with the Dong Son culture of northern Vietnam and Southeastern China. 499 color photographs accompany the text.