Traditional textiles are one of the most important and widely collected categories of Southeast Asian art. Formed from an extensive range of locally produced and imported raw materials and an astonishing variety of techniques, Southeast Asian textiles are used to fashion items from everyday clothing to sacred and ceremonial regalia. Originally published in 1990, Textiles of Southeast Asia remains the definitive work on the subject. This revised edition contains a new foreword and updated colour photographs.
Educated at Monash University and the University of Melbourne, Dr. Robyn Maxwell is a curator in the Department of Asian Art at the Australian National Gallery, Canberra. She has organized a number of exhibitions and is published widely on Southeast Asian art. Dr. Matiebelle Gittinger is Research Associate at the Textile Museum, Washington, D.C. and the author of numerous books and articles onSoutheast Asian textiles, including the much-acclaimed Splendid Symbols: Textiles and Traditions in Indonesia.