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Dynamic Expressions: Textiles From The Island Of Sumba 印尼桑巴島織品純與真的狂放

October 6, 2016

Dynamic Expressions: Textiles From The Island Of Sumba 印尼桑巴島織品純與真的狂放

Oct. 7, 2016 - Feb. 28, 2017

 

Dear Textiles Lovers,

When I first visited Sumba in 1987, almost 30 years ago, I was so excited to be able to still see people weaving beautiful textiles on backstrap looms using natural dyes.

Unfortunately, because of two big economic crises in 1997 and 2008 plus the Bali bombings in 2002, tourism and textile trade in Sumba was badly affected.

This and the increasing costs of production have resulted in the lost of many traditional designs and colors. To gain more popularity among the regular tourists, textiles at cheaper prices and with more dramatic and eye catching pictorial patterns using brighter chemical dyes have emerged.  These can be found in tourist shops of Bali and Jakarta and many hotels and villas use them as curtains, bedspreads or even table cloths.

After years of collecting and dealing I have found I still prefer and love the old natural colors and patterns of Sumba cloths be it in new or old pieces. However,  now-a-days they are extremely difficult to find.  Fortunately four months ago I was able to acquire some beautiful old pre-war pieces from a long-time Dutch collection.

This group and other pieces from my gallery's collection,  which I have carefully selected over the years, all pieces dyed with beautiful natural colors and possessing a soul of their own, forms the collection for our exhibition: Dynamic Expressions.  Through this exhibition I hope to show to all my friends and textile lovers the beautiful textile  heritage of Sumba. 

John Ang
Director of Samyama, Taipei
www.samyama.co

 

織品愛好者,您好:

約 30年前,在1987年我第一次造訪桑巴島,我十分興奮地見識到透過背帶紡織機手工紡織,採用植物染色的過程。

不幸地,1997年以及2008年的金融危機,重擊桑巴島賴以維生的經濟命脈:觀光與紡織貿易。此外,日漸上揚的成本,讓傳統的色彩以及設計失傳。明亮的化學染以及吸睛誇張的圖騰融入設計中,並以低價迎合觀光客的喜好。這樣的織品廣泛地充斥在峇里島、雅加達等等很多飯店、渡假村,成為窗簾、床罩,甚至是桌巾等。

因為多年來的收藏買賣,桑巴島昔日那種天然染色以及圖騰的味道,不論是再製的新布料,或者是舊的,仍是我的最愛。然而,時至今日,同樣標準卻已經稀有難尋,所幸四個月前,有幸取得一批戰前非常精美的荷蘭舊藏。結合我多年的收藏,整批均是非常舒服的天然染色,更重要的是不易言語的靈性所在,才能造就這一次的展覽:純與真的狂放。與諸位分享,桑巴島織品的美麗的傳承。 

洪光明
沙雅瑪生活藝術總監

 

 

 

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