Tuesday, March 21, 2017, from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Enfolding Life, Death, History, and Flux: Sumba Textiles through Time
Lecture by Dr. Jill Forshee
Vibrantly pictorial textiles from the island of Sumba, Indonesia have long marked social rank through impressive motifs and rich colors. These prestigious fabrics offer meaning and stability in their skillful and symbolic expressions, retelling stories of existence. They also visibly reveal influences from outsiders, such as Dutch colonial powers across Indonesia. In recent decades, Sumba textiles have entered the commodity flow of a global *ethnic arts* market. Forshee will present something of local culture along with shifts and changes in fabrics in past and present times.