Event: OATG Show and Tell

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





7 thoughts on “Event: OATG Show and Tell

  1. Such a wonderful post Sue, I have really enjoyed it. From Australia and not an antendee to AGM’s, it is terrific to see people whose names I have seen, each with their splenid textile/s. Being passionate about Javanese batik, I enjoyed seeing the beautiful sarung with its elegant bouquet in the kepala and boats across the badan.

    Thank you sincerely and wishing all members happiness in 2019.

    • Thank you Greg, so glad you enjoyed it. That batik really was very special. Please do let me know of any exhibitions or events in your part of the world as I’m sure other members would love to hear about them.

  2. Thank you so much – makes up for not being able to get to the AGM.

    Surely not too late to wish you a Happy Chinese Year of the Pig! Warmest regards, Rosemary

    Sent from my iPad


  3. PS Hope you don’t mind my mentioning that it’s Jen Gurd showing the thangka not Helen Wolfe

    and Judith Condor-Vidal is with Chris Buckley in the pic before

    and in the next pic it’s Judith Gussin holding the Indian piece

    but don’t remember who brought the pieces those people are holding/looking at.

    It must have been very hard to get all the info on the people and their pieces You did a brilliant job with the photographs Well done for setting up a dark back ground!

    Best wishes Felicity


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