Between the Folds: Stories of Cloth, Lives and Travels from Sumba

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Textiles have long been integral to the social life and cosmology of the people of East Sumba, Indonesia. In recent decades, the people of East Sumba have entered a larger world economy as their textiles have joined the commodity flow of an international "ethnic arts" market stimulated by Indonesia's tourist trade. As Sumba's villagers respond to an immensely expanded commerce in their cloth, tensions and ironies emerge between historical and innovative forms in both cloth and lives. Such responses involve gender, ethnicity, and social rank, and are especially highlighted within global market spaces. The stories in Between the Folds vary widely and include those of animists, Christians, and Moslems; Sumbanese, Indonesian Chinese, and Westerners; inventive geniuses, master artisans, and exploited weavers; rogues, entrepreneurs, nobles, and servants.

Using a narrative approach, Jill Forshee takes readers into diverse lives, including those of villagers traveling to Bali and tourists visiting Sumba, and follows their adventures along various routes over time. Through personal stories of those involved in the contemporary production and trade of local cloth, a vivid account emerges of the inner workings of a so-called "traditional" society and its arts responding inventively to decades of international collecting. These stories expand anthropological concepts of the boundaries of regions and the certainties of cultures in ways that are tangible and immediate to the reader. Moreover, the book illuminates some formerly unexplored conditions of artistic provenance.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824822880
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Pages: 280

Table of Contents

Preface: Entering the Field vii
Acknowledgments xiii
Part 1 Fabricscapes
Chapter 1 Introduction 3
Chapter 2 Locations, Histories, Identities 15
Chapter 3 Enfolding History and Flux 28
Part 2 Between the Folds
Chapter 4 Wandi 53
Chapter 5 Parai Mutu 85
Chapter 6 Hawewa 108
Part 3 Shuttling between Worlds
Chapter 7 Worlds Converge 131
Chapter 8 Village Encounters 148
Chapter 9 On Other Islands 161
Chapter 10 Unfolding Passages 181
Chapter 11 Conclusion 193
Notes 203
Bibliography 231
Index 259
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