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Editor: Sian E. Jay 
Captions by Judi Achjadi, Editorial Assistant: Helly Minarti 
Authors: Kahfiati Kahdar, Kim Jane Saunders, Koesoemaningsih, Koestriastuti, Ratna Panggabean and Suwati Kartiwa
Photographer: Ibham Jasin
Published for Cita Tenun Indonesia, 2014

Size: 270 x 240 mm
Pages: 192 pp
ISBN: 978-602-97473-0-0
Price: US$ 40


Indonesia is home to a versatile range of arts and cultures that produce indigenous textiles, one of which is known as tenun, the Indonesian term for hand-weaving. Forming the first edition of a series on the subject, this book provides a broad yet in-depth summary of the history of a variety of Indonesian hand-woven textiles. Drawing on the expertise and knowledge of recognized academics, as well as the personally acquired understandings of informed collectors, the book provides a valuable addition to the steadily growing body of knowledge on Indonesian textiles. It is carefully designed to introduce the whole spectrum of local varieties of hand-weaving, each with its intricate, embedded cultural history.

Tracing the historical path of weaving from Indonesia’s pre-historic era to the present, Tenun presents a range of unique textile-making techniques that have evolved as the result of local creative genius, and form part of Indonesia’s national heritage of ancient traditions, each contributing a significant cultural thread to contemporary Indonesian textile design. Whether it is Bali’s double ikat, Sumatra’s gold thread songket or East Nusa Tenggara’s warp ikat, each variant is discussed with close attention to detail and research-based insights accompanied by rich examples drawing, upon various sources from museums to individual collectors.

Tenun is published by Cita Tenun Indonesia, an association of women who share a passion for Indoneian handwoven textiles.