Transnational Ikat: An Asian Textile on the Move

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Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, January 24, 2013 - March 1, 2013

College of the Holy Cross: Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery
1 College Street
Worcester, MA 01610
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Cantor Art Gallery Hours: M - F 10 am - 5 pm; Sat 2 - 5 pm

Ikat is a textile on the move today: moving across borders from Southeast Asia to other parts of the world, moving from ritual use to American fashion wear and other marketplace forms, moving from Asian villages to international museums and art collecting circuits. This exhibition of ikat cloths from Indonesia and Malaysia displays over 40 of these remarkable textiles, both in their deeply ceremonial forms and in their vibrantly commercialized versions. The exhibition focuses on ikats from eastern Indonesia, Sumatra, Sulawesi, and Malaysias Sarawak.

With Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Holy Cross Deans Office support, curator Susan Rodgers and student docents Hana Carey, 13, Tricia Giglio, 14, Martha Walters 14 conducted fieldwork in Bali and Kuching, Sarawak in summer 2012 to explore the exhibitions transnational ikat themes.

The Cantor Art Gallery gratefully acknowledges funding support for Transnational Ikat from the Holy Cross Sociology & Anthropology Department and Asian Studies Program.

Reservations for guided tours of Transnational Ikat for Holy Cross classes, groups, and off-campus visitors are available by contacting Paula Rosenblum, gallery coordinator, at 508-793-3356 or

Cost: No cost, open to the public

Suggested Audiences: Elementary, Middle School, High School, College, Adult, Elders

Phone: 508-793-3356

Last Modified: January 8, 2013 at 2:49 PM

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