"The Influence of Indian Trade Textiles in Mainland Southeast Asia: Examples from the Tilleke & Gibbins Textile Collection"
By Linda S. McIntosh, PhD
Date: 20th April 2012
Time: 6:00 pm
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Dr. Linda S. McIntosh, consulting curator of the Tilleke & Gibbins Textile Collection, will give a presentation on 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.
About the speaker:
Dr Linda S. McIntosh is a curator Southeast Asian textiles with a focus on weavings produced in the mainland. She grew up listening to the repetitious beats of her Lao mother’s loom, learning how to weave from her mother at a young age. She received a master’s degree in Southeast Asian Studies from the University of Wisconsin, USA, and her PhD from Simon Fraser University, Canada. Field research has led her to collect data not only in Thailand and Laos but also in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Burma. Her book on the Tilleke & Gibbins Textile Collection, Art of Southeast Asian Textiles, is scheduled to be published in May 2012