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INSULAR SOUTHEAST ASIAN TEXTILES:  COMPARATIVE GEOGRAPHIES
Project Directors:        Judy Freya Sibayan and Marian Roces
Funding Agency:        Institute of Southeast Asian Studies

The study sought to establish broad cultural themes that are variously articulated by the incredible diversity of ethno-linguistic groups in insular Southeast Asia.  The effort was pursued in recognition of the necessity of a macro view as a mental geography within which to appreciate micro differences.

The output is essentially a compendium of information and insights defining an insular Southeast Asian textile tradition.  Chapter 1 (Geographies of Cloth) integrates formal textual and field information on Philippine, Indonesian and Kalimantian textile.  Materials on production technologies are included as a background for understanding the physical and aesthetic structure of these textiles.  Chapter 2 (Geographies of Cloth Distribution) plots the spread of different textile technologies, formal composition, motifs, and materials across the breadth and length of insular Southeast Asia.  Chapter 3 (Geographies of Cultures) describes various ethnographic profiles of insular Southeast Asian cultures and similarities of certain types of socio-cultural structures pertaining to textile production.  Cross-references with current archaeological work and historical records are also done.  Chapter 4 (Geographies of Knowledges) charts the nature of accumulated textual, field, historical, anthropological, and humanities-oriented information that shape the understanding of textiles in the region.  With certain insights drawn from the proponents’ survey trips, the scholarly materials are contrasted and compared to plot possible directions of future researches.  A short epilogue chapter (Geographies of Imagination) summarizes knowledge that is not necessarily quantifiable or scientific.

Key words: Southeast Asia, textile, production technologies, ethnographic profiles

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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