Indonesian Textile Treasures, A Living Legacy

The world class San Francisco Tribal & Textile Art Show, considered the premier tribal art event in North America, will feature a special exhibit in 2017 entitled Indonesian Textile Treasures, A Living Legacy. In celebration of Indonesia, the show’s featured country for 2017, the exhibition of traditional textiles will include pieces dating back to the 19th century, including rare textiles from the Jakarta Textile Museum that have never before been shown in the United States.

Indonesian Textile Treasures, A Living Legacy will feature more than 100 textiles ranging from rare historical artifacts to contemporary pieces, inspiring evidence of the ways in which this rich legacy continues in the work of today’s artists. It has been said that no other culture in the world has textile traditions as diverse as Indonesia’s. Most of the collection on display will be for sale to the public, with prices ranging from $100,000 for the most significant pieces to less than $1,000 for others. The exhibit is curated by Curtis and Margaret Keith Clemson, significant collectors of Indonesian textiles. They have curated exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad, including a 2013 exhibition at the Jakarta Textile Museum.

Included in this special event will be Ibu Alfonsa, from the island of Flores weaving an ikat cloth on her backstrap loom, and Ibu Dalmini, a batik artist from Java, demonstrating her art. Other correlated festivities include performances from the renowned Gamelan Sekar Jaya orchestra as well as food, coffee, and tea from Indonesia. Two representatives from the Jakarta Textile Museum will show a collection of rare and important textiles.

Curators Curtis and Margaret Keith Clemson would like to thank:
Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in San Francisco,
Consul General Ardi Hermawan, Consul for Information, Social and Public Affairs Bernard Loesi, and Riena Sarojo, Secretary to the Consul General
Clare Graham and Bob Breen
Blake Hines, John Morris, and Kim Martindale
Marcia Loeb
Rob Coffland of Textile Arts Santa Fe
Gregory Ghent
Anne Gibby
Kate Clemson, Adam Ortega, Jacob Clemson
Mary Fox
Madeline Gehrig

Location: Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion: 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco
Dates: February 9-12 | Exhibit open during show hours
Cost: Entrance is included with show admission

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