Ikat is a ‘textile on the move’ today: moving across borders from Southeast Asia to different parts of the world, moving from ritual use to American fashion wear and other marketplace forms, moving from Asian villages to international museum and art collecting circuits.
Over 40 of these remarkable textiles, both in their deeply ceremonial forms and in their vibrantly commercialized versions, were displayed for exhibition in the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery at the College of the Holy Cross. The exhibition focuses on ikats from eastern Indonesia, Sumatra, Sulawesi, and Malaysia’s Sarawak state.
Curator Susan Rodgers (anthropology, Holy Cross) and three Holy Cross student docents (Hana Carey, Tricia Giglio, Martha Walters) did fieldwork in summer 2012 to explore the exhibition’s “transnational ikat” themes in Bali, Indonesia and Kuching, Sarawak; their research was supported by the Andrew W. Mellon program at Holy Cross. This catalog is reproduced from a website authored by the researchers to report their findings about this rapidly, exuberantly commercializing Asian cloth. It also provides introductory background information about ikat.
College of the Holy Cross
ikat, textiles, exhibition catalogs, Cantor Art Gallery
Anthropology | Art and Design | Fiber, Textile, and Weaving Arts | South and Southeast Asian Languages and Societies
January 24 – March 1, 2013
no physical edition; online only
Rogers, Susan; Carey, Hana; Giglio, Patricia; and Walters, Martha, "Transnational Ikat: An Asian Textile on the Move" (2013). Exhibit Catalogs. 2.