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Malay Gold Thread Embroidery

16th OCTOBER 2019 at 7pm

A talk by Dr Fiona Kerlogue

Gold thread embroidery is a widespread tradition in the Malay world. It once flourished in Malacca, Perak, Johor and Pahang on the Malay peninsula as well as in Aceh on the northern tip of Sumatra and in the Malay courts of eastern Sumatra.

This talk is based on a collection of embroidery, or more specifically couchwork, in the Horniman Museum in London. Most of it was collected in Jambi, in Sumatra. The talk will examine historical and social context, materials and technique. Dr Kerlogue will bring along some examples for members to see, from Jambi and from neighbouring places with similar traditions.

Dr Kerlogue was formerly curator of the Asian anthropology collections at the Horniman Museum, and is now a research associate at SOAS, Universoty of London. Major publications include ‘The Arts of Southeast Asia’ in the Thames and Hudson World of Art series; ‘Batik: Design, Style and History’ and most recently ‘Collecting Experience in the 1930s: Indonesian and Pacific Collections of Ruzena Charlotta Urbanova in the National Museum’.

Doors open at 6pm when drinks and snacks are served for a cash donation

* Please note that this is a change to the previously listed October 2019 event


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