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Material Choices


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Discusses Asian cottons, silks, and plant fibre textiles that increased international textile trade

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ForewordPrefaceIntroduction: Considering Bast and Leaf Fiber Textiles in a Globalized Context / B. Lynne Milgram and Roy W. Hamilton1) Bast and Leaf Fibers in the Asia-Pacific Region: An Overview / Roy W. Hamilton2) Hemp Textiles of the Hmong in Vietnam / Tran Thi Thu Thuy3) Ulap Doyo: Woven Fibers of East Kalimantan / Elizabeth Oley4) Sambe: Korean Hemp Fabrics / Bu-ja Koh5) Stemming from the Lotus: Sacred Robes for Buddhist Monks / Sylvia Fraser-Lu and Ma Thanegi6) Bashofu, The Mingei Movement and the Creation of a New Okinawa / Amanda Meyer Stinchecum7) Recrafting Tradition and Livelihood: Women and Bast Fiber Textiles in the Upland Philippines / B Lynne Milgram8) Preserving Echigo Jofu and Nara Sarashi: Issues in Contemporary Bast Fiber Textile Production / Melissa M. Rinne9) Reviving the Sacred Machi: A Chiefly Weaving from Fais Island, Micronesia / Donald H. Rubenstein and Sophiano LimolNotes to the TextReverences CitedContributorsIndex

About the Author

Roy W. Hamilton is curator of Asian and Pacific collections at the Fowler Museum at UCLA. B. Lynne Milgram is professor of anthropology at Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto. The other contributors include Sylvia Fraser-Lu, Bu-ja Koh, Sophiano Limol, Elizabeth Oley, Melisssa M. Rinne, Donald H. Rubinstein, Amanda Mayer Stinchecum, Ma Thanegi, and Tran Thi Thu Thuy.


This book goes on a voyage through a variety of thought-provoking issues relating to marginal fibre artefacts across the remote areas of the Asia-Pacific region.... The anthropological approaches adopted in this book have much to offer textile and dress historians seeking broader perspectives in order to understand objects. In addition, this volume is lavishly illustrated throughout, providing inspiration for anyone with an interest in the processes of fibre production as wel as the woven textiles they create.

* Textile History *
Material Choices is another fine contribution to the proliferating field of material culture studies. It is an ideal textual model of how theoretical issues are enriched when they organically arise from creative action, the meaning and behavior around tangible objects, and global socio-political contexts.* Journal of Folklore Research *

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