Talk -- The Edge of Modesty: the Ethics and Aesthetics of Indonesian Islamic Fashion

Art - Lecture/Discussion

Thursday, February 14, 2013
4:00 PM-5:00 PM

Rehm Library, College of the Holy Cross
1 College Street
Worcester, MA 01610
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Talk by Prof. Carla Jones, associate professor of Anthropology, University of Colorado held in conjunction with the exhibition Transnational Ikat: An Asian Textile on the Move. Jones, (Ph.D. U.N.C. Chapel Hill 2001) studies the intersection of gender and class in contemporary urban Indonesia. She has written on middle-class femininity, domesticity and manners, and is currently researching debates about pious Islamic fashions.

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.

The Cantor Art Gallery gratefully acknowledges funding support for Carla Jones' talk 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 3:42 PM

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