Following our recent AGM, many members brought some fantastic textiles for the Show and Tell session. It was great to see such enthusiasm and the sharing of knowledge as we had a few “mystery” textiles. Here are just a few photographs to whet your appetite for the full report which will be in the summer issue of Asian Textiles.
Jen Gurd showed us a lovely thangka – very apt as Karen Horton will be giving us a talk on the conservation of thangkas on Thursday 21 March.
As well as compering the event, Pamela Cross showed us this very special textile from Sumatra – a headcloth woven by a weaver who was trying to remember long-forgotten skills. The weaver made two of these textiles for an exhibition at the China National Silk Museum last year and is shown in the photograph Pamela is holding.
David Richardson brought a magnificent example of double ikat, featuring tigers and elephants. This was made in India for the Royal families of Java and Bali and had wonderful rich colours.
The Indonesian theme continued with this spectacular batik belanda from the collection of Lesley and Diccon Pullen, which featured European ships.
Also from Indonesia we had this sarong brekke from the island of Flores, brought by Chris Buckley. This would have been worn by the village headman during certain ceremonies.
Another lovely piece from the collection of Judith Gussin, this time from an artisan’s village near Bhuj in India.
Marion Maule in full flow, explaining the rituals Japanese have regarding needles.
Carolyn Gurney regaled us with the tale of how she rescued this lovely front of a Baluch child’s dress from a skip!
Sue Morley, Helen Wolfe and Leah Offer were clearly enjoying themselves!
Sue Morley and Eiko Cunningham examining some of the textiles brought by Carolyn Gurney