Textiles from Indonesia show opens Friday in Skidegate

  • Oct. 31, 2011 4:00 p.m.

Submitted article–The Haida Gwaii Museum will host a show: “Island Textiles: Sarongs of Eastern Indonesia” opening Fri. Nov. 4. These textiles will be something different for islanders. About 60 pieces will be shown from 12 remote islands east of Bali. Women hand-weave tube-shaped cotton skirts (sarongs) for themselves. Pieces can be exceptionally ornamented according to the maker’s status and the textile’s purpose. Textiles reflect the maker’s expertise, her husband’s status, her clan or her village traditions. Cloths achieve great kudos and, in the past, the best tended to come from prominent households within the stratified village cultures. High status women, with servants, had the time and resources to produce fine textiles, were entrusted with exclusive family/clan motifs and had much incentive to maintain their social position.Textiles are at the core of Indonesia’s traditional cultures. They are used for daily wear and also for ceremonies such as birth, coming-of-age, marriage, ascension to leadership, seasonal festivals and death. Textiles are “female” gifts in these events representing the giving family’s status, level of respect accorded to the receivers and the solemnity of the occasion. For example, the funeral of a village headman can involve the finest textiles wrapping the body while lying in state (for months to years!) before burial. The textiles confirm his status to the living and aid his journey to join ancestral spirits in the after-world. The right to use certain symbols can be restricted to family, clan or social class. Symbols bear cultural meaning, sometimes remembered, sometimes forgotten. Symbols and motifs can represent ancient indigenous icons, such as deer or saltwater crocodiles that no longer occur among the islands. Other symbols have been adopted through colonial occupation or from cloth acquired in trade. Indigenous motifs include local animals and plants, humans, war, super-natural beings or ancestral spirits. Don’t miss the show’s opening, Fr. Nov. 4, 7 pm, at the museum in Skidegate.

Just Posted

Haida Gwaii Sea Cadets set sail

Some young salts joined the Remembrance Day parade in Queen Charlotte last… Continue reading

Rough seas delay Prince Rupert/Haida Gwaii ferry

Northern Expedition is expected to leave Prince Rupert for Haida Gwaii at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 13

In Pictures: Remembrance Day in Queen Charlotte

Drums, bells and bagpipes sounded across Haida Gwaii this Remembrance Day, which… Continue reading

B.C. Legions in need of young members to continue aiding veterans into the future

Lest we forget what thousands of men and women did to fight for Canada’s freedoms – but without new membership, many Legion chapters face dwindling numbers

North Coast figure skater to star in Dancing On Ice

Carlotta Edwards learned to skate in Prince Rupert, before becoming a star with millions of viewers

VIDEO: Amazon to split second HQ between New York, Virginia

Official decision expected later Tuesday to end competition between North American cities to win bid and its promise of 50,000 jobs

West Fraser to reduce sawmill production in Quesnel, Fraser Lake

The move will affect 75 employees in Quesnel, 60 in Fraser Lake

Kuhnhackl scores 2 odd goals as Isles dump Canucks 5-2

Vancouver drops second game in two nights

Stink at B.C. school prompts complaints of headaches, nausea

Smell at Abbotsford school comes from unauthorized composting operation

Fear of constitutional crisis escalates in U.S.; Canadians can relate

Some say President Donald Trump is leading the U.S. towards a crisis

B.C.-based pot producer Tilray reports revenue surge, net loss

Company remains excited about ‘robust’ cannabis industry

Canada stands pat on Saudi arms sales, even after hearing Khashoggi tape

Khashoggi’s death at Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul further strained Riyadh’s already difficult relationship with Ottawa

Feds pledge money for young scientists, but funding for in-house research slips

Canada’s spending on science is up almost 10 per cent since the Liberals took office, but spending on in-house research is actually down

‘Targeted incident’ leads to death of Quesnel man

One man died of life-threatening injuries on Nov. 8

Most Read