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April 5, 2012

Tilleke & Gibbins Textile Presentation in Singapore

On April 20, Dr. Linda S. McIntosh, consulting curator of the Tilleke & Gibbins Textile Collection, will give a presentation in Singapore for the Friends of the Asian Civilisations Museum Textile Group and other textile enthusiasts. “Influence of Indian Trade Textiles in Mainland Southeast Asia: Examples from the Tilleke & Gibbins Textile Collection” will discuss various hand-woven textiles produced in Mainland Southeast Asia that were inspired by Indian trade textiles. The patola was the most influential trade textile in the mainland, and it was reproduced in weft ikat rather than double ikat technique by weavers in Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand. The brocades from Varanasi (Banares) were also replicated by weavers in these countries, and the locally woven versions were used in clothing styles of the courts. No surviving examples of patola have been found in Mainland Southeast Asia, but some brocades, especially those worn as drama costume, have survived. The presentation will be illustrated with examples from the Tilleke & Gibbins Textile Collection.

The presentation will take place at 6 pm on April 20 in Singapore. For more information on the event,  please contact [email protected].