Fabricating power with Balinese textiles / Urmila Mohan.Material type: TextPublication details: New York City : Bard Graduate Center, 2018. Description: 150 p. ; 24 cmISBN: 9781941792131Subject(s): Textile fabrics -- Indonesia -- Bali Island -- Exhibitions | Textile design -- Indonesia -- Bali Island -- Exhibitions | Mead, Margaret, 1901-1978 -- Ethnological collections -- Exhibitions | Bateson, Gregory, 1904-1980 -- Ethnological collections -- Exhibitions | American Museum of Natural History -- Ethnological collections -- ExhibitionsLOC classification: NK8980.A3 | B374 2018
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"This catalogue is published in conjunction with the exhibition Fabricating power with Balinese textiles held at Bard Graduate Center Gallery, 2017"--Title page verso.
Includes bibliographical references.
Cloth and Balinese culture -- The Mead-Bateson collection in the AMNH -- Cloth in Balinese rites of passage -- Bali in the twentieth century -- Balinese exhibits in western museums.
"Anthropologists Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson were pioneers in using visual anthropological techniques to study the aesthetics of bodily motion in Bali. What is less well known is that they also collected textiles, paintings, puppets, and carvings, most of which are collected at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. This book and its accompanying exhibit explore the Mead-Bateson textiles as forms of power. Some textiles in the exhibit are valued for their magical powers derived from techniques of fabrication and contexts of use; other cloths are important for the stories that surround them as records of a period in Balinese history. An added layer of meaning is introduced as these fabrics are curated and exhibited in Western countries. This book reveals how the "power" of Balinese textiles depends upon the efficacies attributed to these objects as they journey from fabrication and ritual use in their native context to curation and display in the West"-- Provided by publisher.