Sari to Sarong: Five Hundred Years of Indian and Indonesian Textile Exchange (2003)

By: Robyn Maxwell

Drawn from the National Gallery’s extensive collection of silks, cottons, batiks, gold brocades, tie-dyes and embroideries, this book features some of the greatest surviving examples of traditional Indian and Indonesian textiles. Traversing the Indian Ocean via sailors and merchants, priests and warriors, these textiles feature Ramayana epics, elephant and camel processions, trading ships and floral designs. Sari to sarong documents the remarkable exchange of ideas, materials, design and imagery (royal and religious) which has occurred between the two great cultures of India and Indonesia.

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Canberra : National Gallery of Australia, ©2003
Format: vii, 216 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 30 cm
ISBN : 0642541132  9780642541130
OCLC : 53346597

Table of contents

Table of contents

Maritime silk routes: an introduction to Indian and Indonesian exchanges

Mandala and Mahabharata: the lasting impact of Indian religious and philosophical imagery

Gold, glory and glamour: textiles in the Indonesian royal courts

The fabric of trade: Indian textiles

Creative exchanges: Indian textiles and Indonesian responses

Maps of India and Indonesia.

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