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

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

by Jill Forshee
     
 

ISBN-10: 0824822889

ISBN-13: 9780824822880

Pub. Date: 01/28/2000

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780824822880
Publisher:
University of Hawaii Press, The
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface: Entering the Fieldvii
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Part 1Fabricscapes
Chapter 1Introduction3
Chapter 2Locations, Histories, Identities15
Chapter 3Enfolding History and Flux28
Part 2Between the Folds
Chapter 4Wandi53
Chapter 5Parai Mutu85
Chapter 6Hawewa108
Part 3Shuttling between Worlds
Chapter 7Worlds Converge131
Chapter 8Village Encounters148
Chapter 9On Other Islands161
Chapter 10Unfolding Passages181
Chapter 11Conclusion193
Notes203
Bibliography231
Index259

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