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Wearing Wealth and Styling Identity


Tapis from Lampung, South Sumatra, Indonesia

April 11 through August 31, 2009

Handwoven from cotton and silk threads, colored with ancestral dye recipes, embellished with gold- and silver-wrapped threads, embroidered with silk or pineapple-fiber threads, appliquéd with mirrors and mica, these ornate tube dresses were created by elite women of Lampung, South Sumatra. The product of a culture located between the two maritime routes between East and West Asia, these sumptuous garments communicate a family's global contacts, social station, and clan identity. Guest curated by Dr. Mary-Louise Totton, assistant professor of art history at Western Michigan University, the exhibition combines selected tapis from the Stephen A. Lister Family Collection with contextual archival photographs.

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Generously supported by the Evelyn A. J. Hall Fund and the William B. Jaffe and Evelyn A. Jaffe Hall Fund.

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Tapis Front Cover
The exhibition publication

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17 April, Friday, 4:30 P.M.
Arthur M. Loew Auditorium
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“Wearing Wealth and Styling Identity: Tapis of Lampung, South Sumatra, Indonesia”
Mary-Louise Totton, Assistant Professor of Art History, Frostic School of the Arts, Western Michigan University and curator of the exhibition
H. E. Sudjadnan Parnohadiningrat, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the United States, will deliver opening remarks. Dr. Totton will give an introductory lecture about tapis, the heavily ornamented ceremonial sarongs made and worn by women in the south Sumatran province of Lampung, Indonesia. Reception will follow in the Kim Gallery.

18 April, Saturday, 10:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.
Kim and Lathrop Galleries 
"Cultures of Cloth in Sumatra, Indonesia"
Susan Rodgers, College of the Holy Cross; Fiona Kerlogue, Horniman Museum; Miranda Howard and Mary-Louise Totton, Western Michigan University
Three specialists will present on their own research into textile arts and the textile traditions of Indonesia. A discussion of Wearing Wealth and Styling Identity, moderated by Mary-Louise Totton, will follow.

25 April, Saturday, 2:00 P.M.
Introductory Tour of Wearing Wealth and Styling Identity: Tapis from Lampung, South Sumatra, Indonesia

3 May, Sunday, 12:00-5:00 P.M.
"Sailing Ships, Silk, and Silver: Textiles from Indonesia"
Discover the textiles of Indonesia. Explore these handwoven fabrics decorated with gold and silver, mirrors and mica, and learn about the sailing ships that brought wealth and prosperity to South Sumatra, a key port between east and west Asia. Then in the studio decorate fabrics to wear home. For children ages 6 to 12 and their adult companions. No pre-registration is required. For information, call (603) 646-1469.

13 May, Wednesday, 7:00 P.M.
"Wearable Wealth: Textiles from Indonesia"
Join this lively, discussion-based program to explore the exhibition Wearing Wealth and Styling Identity: Tapis from Lampung, South Sumatra, Indonesia. We’ll learn about fabulous handwoven and embellished textiles, the maritime trade that fueled Sumatra’s prosperity, and the ways in which clothing communicates social station and clan identity. Finally, we’ll decorate textiles of our own in the studio. No previous art experience necessary. Participation is limited to sixteen. Please pre-register by calling (603) 646-1469.

23 May, Saturday, 2:00 P.M.
Introductory Tour of Wearing Wealth and Styling Identity: Tapis from Lampung, South Sumatra, Indonesia

26 May, Tuesday, 12:30 P.M.
Alex Bortolot, Assistant Curator, Special Projects
Alex Bortolot, the curatorial coordinator for Wearing Wealth and Styling Identity, will introduce the exhibition.











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