Textiles of Southeast Asia : tradition, trade and transformation / Robyn Maxwell Maxwell, Robyn

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Maxwell, Robyn
Textile fabrics - Southeast Asia - Themes, motives.; Southeast Asia.; Textile fabrics - Asia, Southeastern - History.
While demonstrating this diversity, this authoritative study takes as its central focus the interplay between indigenous southeast Asian traditions and the external cultural forces that have been a crucial part of the historical development and changing nature of the region's textile traditions. It considers the various ways Southeast Asian textile artisans reacted over the centuries to the steady stream of new and powerful ideas and attractive and exciting raw materials arriving from India, China, the Islamic world and Europe. The textiles, their motifs and the secular and religious traditions which govern their use, are discussed.
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