- Europe & Africa
Woven Languages / Indonesian Ikat from the Peter ten Hoopen Collection
Museo do Oriente / Orient Museum
Avenida de Brasília, Doca de Alcântara (Norte),
Oct 23, 2014 To Jan 25, 2015
Detail: The first exhibition in the world dedicated exclusively to the fabulous profusion of Indonesian ikat weaving traditions in a comprehensive fashion. 'Woven Languages' covers the entire Indonesian archipelago and includes several of the world’s rarest specimens, offering a unique opportunity to see these fragile masterpieces. Of special interest are the Sumatran silk ikat shawls with gold brocade, the sacred Balinese 'double ikats' from Tenganan, colonial period sarongs from the Moluccas, and refined ikat textiles from Los Palos in East Timor, of which less than ten are known to be extant. Perhaps the most spectacular piece is a 4.5m long 'elephant patola' made in India for Indonesian rajas, one of the best preserved of a dozen known pieces in the world.A few cloths are on loan from other museums but the core is of the exhibition is formed by the renowned ‘Pusaka Collection’ of Peter ten Hoopen, author and long-time Portugal resident, who began his passionate collecting while travelling in Indonesia in the 1970’s. The collection is enriched by scholarly documentation that brings to life the people, notably the women, who made these fascinating textiles.