Full panel title
Do Clothes Make the Man? New Studies in Indonesian Textiles
Roy W. Hamilton (University of California Los Angeles)
Date and time
13 August, 09:00 – 10:30
13 August, 11:00 – 12:30
- Seamless Cloths—A Link between Societies of Eastern Indonesia?
Genevieve Duggan (Independent Scholar)
- Cloth of Ibanic groups in West Kalimantan and Sarawak
Traude Gavin (Independent researcher)
- Malaka Regency, Timor: Cloth of the Plain, Cloth of the Hills
Roy Hamilton (University of California Los Angeles)
- Mobility and the Construction of Meaning of Ceremonial Clothes in Sahu, Halmahera
Leontine Visser (Wageningen University
- Ikats for Others: Textile Production in the Offshore Islands in Pantar Strait, Alor
Emilie Wellfelt (Linnaeus University)
- Thinking through the Luka Sema: Complex Ways of Being (Trans)Local in Flores
Willemijn de Jong (University of Zurich)
Discussant: Traude Gavin (Independent researcher)
In popular imagination, differences in locally produced textiles are widely held to correlate with broad distinctions between ethnolinguistic groups—that is, each group of people (defined by culture or language) makes or uses its own styles of cloth, which in turn play a role in the formulation of the identity of the group. Recent research in Indonesia and neighboring areas is showing that this is far too simplistic. In this double panel, seven speakers will examine various, more complex ways in which the distribution of textile styles reflects historical and genealogical relationships among social groups.
Most speakers will discuss the results of recent field research in regions that are currently underrepresented or absent from the textile literature, including Alor, Timor, Maluku, and West Kalimantan. Two speakers explore similarities found across regions.