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The Tree of Life / IKTT

Photographs by Junji Naito, in Japanese/English/Khmer language. Available via


Naito, Junji: IKTT - The Tree of Life
Kyoto, Shufunotomo, 2015. 144 p., richly illustrated.

ISBN 978-4-07-400892-6.
The pictures in this well illustrated book were taken by photographer Junji Naito in the years since 2008.

This book tells the story of a weaving village called „Project Wisdom from the Forest“ (PWF) and the “Institute for Khmer Traditional Textiles“ (IKTT) with magnificent pictures and short explanatory texts.

Kikuo Morimoto, whose commitment has been dedicated to the revival and preservation of traditional Ikat silk dyeing and weaving in Cambodia for decades, is presented in this book. The photographer Junji Naito and the "master of silk" Kikuo Morimoto have a long-standing friendship.

During many visits, photographer Junji Naito succeeds in establishing a special closeness to the portrayed people and capturing the everyday life as well as the expert craftmanship of the old and young weavers in expressive images.

Emilee Koss & Klaus Rink

Silk for the Gods                                Khmer Silk from the Collection of Dr. Zelnik

This book is not published yet. I bought it on DVD at "Monument Books Store" in Siem Reap. As far as i know, the book will be published in spring 2020.


Silk for the Gods – Khmer Silk from the Collection of Dr. Zelnik
© Dr. Susan Conway, Gillian Green, Dr. István Zelnik,
© editor: Dr. István Zelnik
language editing: Michael James Webb
layout & design: Creative Dreams Ltd.,
© photo: Zoltán Sipos (SPS Photo,, Miklós Sulyok (
publisher: Hungarian Southeast Asian Research Institute
printed and bound in Hungary by Demax Mûvek Nyomdaipari Kft.
© Hungarian Southeast Asian Research Institute , 2017
Budapest, Hungary
HU ISBN 978–963–89890–6–2


Die Zucht der Seidenspinner

This book is original from 1902, written by Arnold Voelschow, Germany


Verlag der Naturhistorischen Anstalt Voelschow. 1902


Ausführliche Beschreibung sämtlicher in Europa eingeführten Seide erzeugenden Schmetterlinge und ihre Zucht.


there is also a digital copy under this link

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Der Seidenspinner oder Maulbeerspinner (Bombyx mori) ist ein ursprünglich in China beheimateter Schmetterling aus der Familie der Echten Spinner (Bombycidae). Der Mensch nutzte schon früh die Fähigkeiten der Raupen des Seidenspinners, der „Seidenraupen“, zur Erzeugung von Seide. Durch die Verbreitung der Seidenherstellung (Seidenbau) wurde er bis heute auch außerhalb seines ursprünglichen Lebensraumes verbreitet, unter anderem in Südeuropa. Als Seidenspinner werden auch verschiedene andere Schmetterlingsarten bezeichnet, die ebenfalls zur Gewinnung von Seide genutzt werden. Darunter etwa der Götterbaum-Spinner (Samia cynthia), welcher sich von den Blättern des Götterbaumes (Ailanthus altissima) ernährt. Folgende Arten werden u.a. als Seidenspinner bezeichnet: Seidenspinner (Bombyx mori), nebst Raupe, Gespinst und Eiern, Chinesischer Eichenseidenspinner (Antheraea pernyi), Götterbaum-Spinner (Samia cynthia). Der Mensch macht sich die Fähigkeit der Seidenraupe für die Erzeugung von Seidengarn zunutze. Um das Garn zu gewinnen, werden die Puppen etwa am zehnten Tag nach Fertigstellung des Kokons mit kochendem Wasser oder heißem Dampf getötet. Der Spinnfaden wird vorsichtig abgewickelt und vor der Weiterverarbeitung in der Seidenweberei sorgfältig gereinigt. (Wiki) Der vorliegende Ratgeber zur Zucht der Seidenspinner ist mit 45 S/W-Abbildungen illustriert. Ausgabe 1902


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Traditional Textiles of Cambodia

Traditional Textiles of Cambodia:

Cultural Threads and Material Heritage / Gillian Green


The silks and costumes of Cambodia are among the most beautiful and complex in Southeast Asia. Gillian Green's comprehensive text provides a historical framework from the Angkorian period onwards. From every day dress and dance costumes, to temple hangings and monks robes, all aspects of Cambodian textiles are elucidated and illustrated in full colour.


River Books

  • Hardcover
  • Verlag: Serindia Pubns (1. Dezember 2003)
  • Sprache: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781932476064
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932476064
  • ASIN: 1932476067
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 22,2 x 3,8 x 27,9 cm









Art of Southeast Asian Textiles

The Tilleke & Gibbins Collection Bangkok, Thailand


Dr. Linda S. McIntosh


Publisher: Serindia Publications (October 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1932476598
ISBN-13: 978-1932476590


As markers of identity and status of their producers cultures, the textiles of Southeast Asia are often viewed as ethnographic objects. Hand-weavings function as clothing, household accessories, and religious objects and have important roles in major life events. Created with a myriad of materials and techniques and a selection of colors and motifs, this region s weavings are also highly sophisticated works of art that would not exist without their producers imagination and skills. Tilleke and Gibbins International, a law firm in Bangkok, Thailand, began acquiring textiles from the region in 1987, formally establishing its collection a few years later. Art of Southeast Asian Textiles: The Tilleke & Gibbins Collection highlights museum-quality textiles from various cultures of this region. Beautifully illustrated throughout, the publication focuses on hand-woven and hand-adorned cloth produced by ethnic groups in Thailand and neighboring countries, including Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Burma, and Malaysia. Social, political, and economic ties linked the cultures of Mainland Southeast Asia to ones in others areas, such as the island cultures of the region, resulting in the exchange of cloth. Some textile types from Indonesia and India are, thus, included in this volume. Art of Southeast Asian Textiles showcases over two hundred examples from this private collection, presented with the same intention as the law firm s purpose to build a collection: textiles as art.

Selling Silks: A Merchant's Sample Book

V&A Book

Published 2014

by Lesley Ellis Miller


In 1764, British customs confiscated a book containing hundreds of samples of different qualities of silks from French agents who were attempting to sell them illegally in London. This merchant’s sample book was acquired in 1972 by the Victoria and Albert Museum, and today it provides a fascinating record of the 18th-century French and English silk industries and their commercial practices. Alongside a full and faithful reproduction of the whole beautiful album―an extremely rare, fragile, and significant object―Lesley Miller describes how the sample book was a marketing tool for the premier European silk-weaving center of Lyon, France, and a model for English textile manufacturers in Spitalfields. She also discusses how the silks were made and for whom through the use of contemporary portraits and archival documents dating to the 1760s. The album itself is astonishing, reproducing hundreds of patterns.

  • Hardcover: 272 Seiten
  • Verlag: V & A Publishing (20. Mai 2014)
  • Sprache: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781851777815
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851777815

Textiles from Burma

Buppha Press in association with The James Green Centre for World Art, Brighton.

Edited by Elisabeth Dell and Sandra Dudley


Travellers to Burma over the centuries have recorded the sumptuous textiles produced and worn in great variety by the different peoples living there. Collectors have brought vivid examples of these textiles back to museums and collections around the world. "Textiles from Burma" presents the richness of these textile traditions, illustrated with examples from the James Henry Green collection at Brighton Museum, and from other collections around the world. In essays and case studies by textiles scholars, collectors and anthropologists, this book places these textiles traditions within the contexts that have produced and used them, from the 19th century to the present.


  • Hardcover: 192 Seiten
  • Verlag: Philip Wilson Publishers (23. Januar 2004)
  • Sprache: English
  • ISBN-10: 0856675695
  • ISBN-13: 978-0856675690
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 2,8 x 2,8 x 2,8 cm

Lotus Fiber Study                                A study conducted on behalf of the Regional Biotrade Project

January 2018


Dr. Theingi Myint, Ph D
Daw Khin Nyein San
U Aung Phyo


Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) is one of the most ancient angiosperms originally planted in South America and now grown in semitropical and temperate zones such as Western Asia, Middle Asia, North America, India, China, Japan, etc. Lotus has a long planting history and abound resources in China. As the collection of ornamental, edible, and medicinal values, lotus is a kind of special crop with unique research value. Almost all parts of lotus, i.e., leaves, flowers, seeds, and rhizomes can be used for both edible and medical purposes.
Extracting fibers from lotus stems have been in practice since 1910. Later during the 1990's designers of Japan setup workshops to create a foreign market for their fabric. But due to low demand in Japan, lotus fiber fabric remained a rare and handmade textile.

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Through The Thread of Time

Southeast Asian Textiles

The James H W Thompson Symposium Papers               

Edited by Jane Puranananda

(you can get it at the bookstore of Jim Thompson House)

Publisher: River Books; Auflage: 01 (30. Juli 2004)
Sprache: Englisch
ISBN-10: 9748225763
ISBN-13: 978-9748225760

A Pocket Guide to Cambodian Silk

A Pocket Guide to Cambodian Silk

by Cornelia Bagg Srey



- what it is - where to find it - how to come home with a national treasure (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 10. März 2017


Taschenbuch: 68 Seiten
Verlag: Cornelia Srey, Lang Srey and Pyara Sandhu, Writers, Inc.; Auflage: Third Edition (10. März 2017)
Sprache: Englisch
ISBN-10: 0692853022
ISBN-13: 978-0692853023


Did you know that most “Cambodian silk” sold today is not silk, not made in Cambodia, not hand woven, and not even natural fiber? This book will show you what Cambodian silk is, where to find it, and how to select it. Packed with information for both the tourist on the go and the one who has time to explore, it includes a Quick Shopping Guide and directions to weaving villages. And for those of you who just want a luxurious silk blanket, or a great scarf for hiking back home, this book will enable you to find exactly what you want. For information about silk tours and our other three books, please visit

BATIK                                          FABLED CLOTH OF JAVA

Batik: Fabled Cloth of Java
by Inger McCabe Elliott,  Brian Brake (Photographer)


The exotic textiles of Java have intrigued the outside world for the past 150 years. Batik, the legendary fiber art of painting and dyeing fabrics using a waxing process, has been influenced by cultures as diverse as the Chinese, Indians, Arabs, Portuguese, Dutch, and English. Like no other book before it, Batik takes the reader on a spellbinding tour of Java, revealing batik's history, motifs, and methods of production.


Batik: Fabled Cloth of Java is a sumptuous, classic book, richly illustrated with color plates of the finest antique and contemporary batik from thirty museums and private collections around the world. It includes historical photographs, etchings, engravings, maps and photographs of modern Java.

Hardcover: 240 Seiten
Verlag: Tuttle Pub; Auflage: Original. (10. Oktober 2010)
Sprache: Englisch
ISBN-10: 0794606687
ISBN-13: 978-0794606688
Größe und/oder Gewicht: 23,5 x 1,9 x 31,1 cm





Five Centuries of Indonesian Textiles

Including many rare and antique examples, this luxurious volume introduces readers to the intoxicating and complex beauty of Indonesian cloth.

Since the 1970s Mary Hunt Kahlenberg has been building her collection of exquisite ceremonial garments and sacred textiles from throughout Indonesia’s chain of tropical islands. Dating from the past five centuries and brought together here for the first time in book form, these woven and batiked hangings, ceremonial mats, jackets, shawls, and head cloths form a stunning array that will draw the attention of anyone with a love of art, fine craftsmanship, and design. Large, elegantly presented photographs show the textiles in incredible closeup detail and full expanse, making it possible to appreciate their technical brilliance and rich colors as well as the dazzling assortment of intricate patterns and motifs. Including essays by leading anthropologists and art historians, this book brings readers into a world ruled by the belief that weavings communicate with and transform those who come into contact with them.


Dieser luxuriöse Band führt die Leser in die berauschende und komplexe Schönheit des indonesischen Stoffes ein und enthält viele seltene und antike Beispiele. Buch im Kartonschuber.

  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 408 Seiten
  • Verlag: Prestel Verlag; Auflage: Slp (25. August 2010)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 3791350714
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791350714
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 24,1 x 5,9 x 32,4 cm












Völker im Goldenen Dreieck

Völker im Goldenen Dreieck

Paul und Elaine Lewis


Edition Hansjörg Mayer

Stuttgart, London


Erschienen 1984, antiquarisch zu bekommen bei ZVAB,, AbeBooks und anderen


Kartoniert, 300 Seiten, viele farbige Abbildungen



Seidenbau-Ratgeber Broschiert – 1951
von Fritz Hofmann (Mitwirkende), Ursula Hense (Mitwirkende)


Neumann Verlag - Radebeul und Berlin


Broschiert: 73 Seiten

Der Seidenbau in der Erzeugungsschlacht

Herausgegeben 1937 in Berlin


hrsg. vom Reichsverband Deutscher Kleintierzüchter e.V., Reichsfachgruppe Seidenbauer e.V., Berlin.



Textilien in Indonesien

LebensMuster : Textilien in Indonesien ; [Ausstellung, Museum für Völkerkunde, Neue Hofburg, 14.9.1995 - 29.2.1996].

Heide Leigh-Theisen / Reinhold Mittersakschmöller
Leigh-Theisen, Heide (Mitwirkender) und Reinhold Mittersakschmöller:
ISBN 10: 3901005013 / ISBN 13: 9783901005015
Published by Wien : Museum für Völkerkunde, 1995

Textiles of South-East Asia

Textiles of South-East Asia


Angela Thompson


Comparing the costume, weaving, and textile techniques of its respective countries, this book takes readers deep into the "Golden Triangle" of Southeast Asia. Its chapters explore tropical forests, the plains and rivers of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar, the rice paddies of Vietnam and Cambodia, and the historic Spice Islands of Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Delving into such unique topics as the rearing of silkworms and the symbolic meanings of woven designs, this beautifully illustrated study is guaranteed to fascinate craft enthusiasts.


Hardcover: 224 Seiten
Verlag: Crowood Press (28. April 2008)
Sprache: English
ISBN-10: 9781861269621
ISBN-13: 978-1861269621
ASIN: 1861269625
Größe und/oder Gewicht: 21,6 x 2,4 x 27,9 cm









True Colors:                                            World Masters of Natural Dyes and Pigments  von Keith Recker

True Colors is about artists who create color from natural materials and about the historical importance and environmental sustainability of this practice. Deep conversations with twenty-eight artisans from every part of the globe reveal their wisdom, traditions, and know-how—and suggest that we ignore what they know at our peril. Traditional approaches to making color offer sustainable options to a fashion system badly in need of them and memorable cultural narratives to a world hungry for beauty and spirituality. True Colors provides an immersive visual experience and an inspiring travelogue of personal stories and practical information from artists who are leaving their mark on the world.


Keith Recker is President and co-founder of HAND/EYE magazine, a multidisciplinary journal of global handmade creativity. He is also a board member and Creative Director of the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe. He was the Executive Director of Aid to Artisans and served on its Board of Directors for many years.


Hardcover: 252 Seiten
Verlag: Thrums Books; Auflage: None (2. September 2019)
Sprache: English
ISBN-10: 1733510850
ISBN-13: 978-1733510851

Thread and Fire: Textiles and Jewellery from the Isles of Indonesia and Timor   by Linda S. McIntosh

Thread and Fire is a fascinating journey through the centuries-old trade networks that developed across a group of archipelagos along the equator. Of the 18,000 islands, more than 900 are permanently settled by over 360 ethnic groups, speaking 700 languages and dialects. For centuries this vast and rich environment favored local and regional exchanges, and it was only later that people visited from afar. New connections integrated these archipelagoes with the distant civilizations of continental Asia: first India, later China and from the 13th century onwards, the Islamic world. Finally, with the arrival of Europeans in the early 16th century, global trade and connections grew rapidly. Spices and forest & sea products were the focus of foreign interests, and textiles were the currency for their acquisition. These imported textiles, complemented with ornaments and jewelry, soon became part of the region's social fabric, indispensable items of gift and exchange, essential markers for the indictment of ceremonies, rights of passage and signifiers of rank and prestige.

Thread and Fire explores and illustrates those ancient connections and traditions through Indonesian and Timorese textiles, regalia and jewelry from the Francisco Capelo collection, assembled over a 20-year period and now part of the permanent collection of Casa Asia-Colecao Francisco Capelo in Lisbon.


Hardcover: 344 Seiten
Verlag: River Books (31. Dezember 2019)
Sprache: English
ISBN-10: 616451035X
ISBN-13: 978-6164510357

Ikat Textiles of the Indonesian Archipelago by Peter ten Hoppen

Ikat Textiles of the Indonesian Archipelago by Peter ten Hoopen, the catalogue of the exhibition 'Fibres of Life' at Hong Kong University Museum and Art Gallery (2017) offers a comprehensive overview of the profusion of ikat styles found across the Indonesian archipelago, from Sumatra and Borneo in the west till the Moluccas and Timor-Leste in the east.
The concept was to show, not just individual masterpieces — though many are encountered — but the culture of the ‘ikat archipelago’. This is done by close-reading of over two hundred early emblematic examples from the author's 'Pusaka Collection', most of them early, and by introducing us to the living conditions, beliefs and customs of the various peoples who have created and used them.
The author’s ethnographic approach to collecting allows us to see to where the styles from neighbouring island regions are interwoven — reflecting migration, bridal exchanges, trade and raiding patterns — and where they stand out by individuality. It also allow us to study, not just the people’s finery, but equally their everyday clothing.


Foreword by Steven G. Alpert
Hong Kong University Press, 2018
602 pages, 448 ills.
23.5 x 31 x 6 cm (9.25 x 12.25 x 2.3")
ISBN: 978-988-19024-7-4

Price including shipping:
€110 (Europe)
€125 (Rest of the world)
Signed on request

Woven Languages               by Peter ten Hoppen

Katalog zur Ausstellung in Lissabon 

Museu do Oriente in Lisbon, Portugal, exhibited 80 ikat textiles from the Pusaka Collection in 2014-2015, under the title 'Linguagens Tecidas - Woven Languages'. It was the world's first comprehensive, archipelago-wide exhibition of Nusantaran ikat - from Sarawak through Indonesia to Timor-Leste. Catalogue: Linguagens Tecidas - Woven Languages, 144 pages, bilingual, with field photography, 80 full-page plates. [SOLD OUT] PRESS COVERAGE


Autor/en: Peter ten Hoopen
Verlag: Fundaҫâo Oriente Museu
Erschienen: Lissabon 2014
Seiten: 144
Ausgabe: Softcover
Preis: USD 37,50
ISBN: 979-989-8651-07-5

The Shan: Culture, Art and Crafts         by Susan Conway

Cordula Ott about the book:


First of all, The Shan: Culture, Art and Crafts is a surprising book. This may be due to the fact that its appearance and title, at a first glance, suggest a descriptive, somewhat museumizing approach to the subject. The author takes her readers on a journey through the eventful history of the Shan States in inland Southeast Asia, which, even at present, comprise nearly a quarter of the country known today as Myanmar. The wealth of historical photographs and beautiful pictures of crafted artifacts in this lavishly illustrated book evoke stories of legendary exotic countries in a distant past. At the same time, it promises a deep insight into the arts and crafts of bygone cultures. And indeed, the volume nourishes fascination and scientific interest alike. Susan Conway—a British artist and Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London—has compiled a highly differentiated collection of art treasures and expert knowledge about cultural artifacts.


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  • Hardcover: 192 Seiten
  • Verlag: River Books Press Dist A C (3. August 2006)
  • Sprache: English
  • ISBN-10: 9749863062
  • ISBN-13: 978-9749863060

Silken Threads Lacquer Thrones          Lan Na Court Tetiles                           by Susan Conway

The unique character of Lan Na culture, so different from that of coastal Southeast Asia, is reflected in the textiles and dress of its 19th century courts, and was developed through the integration of local cultures and societies living in the hills and valleys. In the court workshops, indigenous silk and cotton, Chinese silk, Burmese and Shan fabrics, with embroideries and sumptuous trimmings, were used to create ceremonial court dress, while goldsmiths and silversmiths, wood carvers and lacquer makers produced court regalia. In this lavishly illustrated book, textile expert Susan Conway traces the history of the Lanna princes, their complex marital and political alliances with the surrounding inland principalities and with Siam, China and Burma. A dramatic change in male court dress took place towards the end of the 19th century and acts as a metaphor for the political manoeuvres resulting from colonial intervention in the region. The book also shows how in such times, Lan Na princesses and their attendants continued to wear indigenous dress demonstrating loyalty to the culture they cherished.

  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 282 Seiten
  • Verlag: River Books; Auflage: 01 (18. März 2002)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 9789748225654
  • ISBN-13: 978-9748225654


INDIGO                                           Die Kunst des Blaudrucks                    von Peter M. Bauer

Publikation PN°1


Bibliothek der Provinz


Peter M. Bauers Photographien dokumentieren das Handwerk des Blaudrucks. Die wenigen noch existierenden Blaudruckereien stellen noch immer traditionelle Muster in Handarbeit her und bieten so eine Alternative zu industrieller Massenware, wobei das kräftige Blau mit den weißen Mustern sowohl Nostalgie als auch Wohlgefallen weckt.


ISBN: 978-3-85252-164-0
24 x 29 cm, 112 S., zahlr. Abb., Hardcover


INDIGO                                            The Colour that Changed the World      by Catherine Legrand


Gloriously pieced together, much like the fine garments it portrays, this colorful book takes the reader on an international tour of indigo-colored textiles, presenting a huge swathe of remarkable clothing, people, and fabric. Catherine Legrand has spent more than twenty years traveling and researching the subject, and she has a deep knowledge of the ancient techniques, patterns, and clothing traditions that characterize ethnic textile design.
The book explores the production of indigo textiles throughout America, China, India, Africa, Central Asia, Japan, Laos, and Vietnam. It features more than 500 color photographs and is completed by specially commissioned drawings that provide close-ups of patterns and cloths.


  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson; 1 edition (4 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 050051660X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500516607







Village-based Silk Production in Transition, Northeast Thailand

Patcharin Lapanun & Barbara Earth, Benjawan Narasaj, Patcharin Ruchuwarara , Soutthanome Keola

Village-based Silk Production in Northeast Thailand
:Studies in the Material Cultures of Southeast Asia No. 16




White Lotus Press


The book is an important study of the silk industry in Thailand. It provides a brief history of the industry and examines the role of the Thai government, private companies, and non-government organizations in promoting the industry. The authors study six villages that are integrated into the industry in different ways in regard to the significance of different aspects of sericulture, silk weaving, the selling of silk products, and especially in their use of different species of silk worms. There are 149 color plates that provide detailed illustrations of the silk industry in northeastern Thailand.

A World between the Warps                 Southeast Asia´s Supplementary Warp Textiles by Michael C. Howard



A World Between the Warps is the first comprehensive study of Southeast Asia's supplementary warp and warp float patterned textiles Such textiles have received relatively little attention in the past even though they are an important part of the textile legacy of the region, linking peoples to a common Bronze Age past associated with the Dong Son culture of northern Vietnam and southeastern China. This book discusses the weaving techniques and provides a survey of supplementary warp and warp float patterned textiles throughout Southeast Asia. 499 color photographs accompany the text.


  • Paperback: 206 Seiten
  • Verlag: White Lotus (2008)
  • Sprache: English
  • ISBN-10: 9744801441
  • ISBN-13: 978-9744801449

Ikat Weaving                                         and Ethnic Chinese Influences                 in Cambodia                                        by John Ter Horst

This book is a ground-breaking study of the role of ethnic Chinese in the production and marketing of Cambodia's famous weft ikat textiles. Despite the prominence of these textiles little is known about how the ikat weaving industry is organized and about those who produce the ikat textiles. The ethnic identity of the silk weavers and traders has been something of a mystery. As the present study shows, although the Khmer and Cham have been involved in the Cambodian ikat weaving industry, it has been dominated by ethnic Chinese, both in the production and trade of silks. Making use of French colonial archives the author fills this gap and describes under what conditions Cantonese silk weavers and traders arrived in Cambodia at the end of the 19th century. Based on ethnographic fieldwork in Cambodia he also describes under what economic, political, and cultural conditions the once humble rural silk industry grew into a global network. This network is not in the hands of the ethnic Khmer, but is dominated by Sino-Khmer (Chinese Cambodians), descendents of the 19th century Cantonese immigrants.


  • Reihe: Ikat Weaving and Ethnic Chinese Influence in Cambodia: Studies in the Material Cultures of Southeast Asia No. 15 by John Ter Horst | White Lotus | 2011
  • Paperback: 111 Seiten
  • Verlag: White Lotus Press (2011)
  • Sprache: English
  • ISBN-10: 9744801689
  • ISBN-13: 978-9744801685

Golden Spider Silk             Simon Peers & Nicholas Godley

First published by V&A Publishing, 2012

ISBN 978-1-851-77687-0


Three years, 1.2 million Golden Orb Weaver spiders individually collected in the highlands of Madagascar and many hours of intensive labour by specially skilled workers; all employed to produce the only hand-embroidered large textile made purely out of spider silk, showcased at the V&A Museum in London (25 January – 5 June 2012). The Greek philosopher Democritus advocated that humans learned how to weave by watching spiders. It was the same admiration and awe that the British Simon Peers and the American Nicholas Godley felt after witnessing the excellent outcome of the flawless nets made by the Golden spiders of Madagascar.

Although spider silk is thought to be the finest type of silk, history tells us that there have been very few experiments and previous attempts to weave spider silk, mainly due to the difficulty in its process. The Frenchman Francois-Xavier Bon de Saint Hilaire was the first to get his hands on spider silk by illustrating how fabric could be spun from it in 1709 producing a line of clothes for the King Louis XVI. In fact, the last garment made of spider silk was created in the 19th century for the Paris Exposition Universelle, yet with no samples remaining.



BALINESE TEXTILES                         by Brigitta Hauser-Schäublin,      Marie-Louise Nabholz-Kartaschoff      & Urs Ramseyer



In Bali, textiles are more than just decorative fabrics; they are imbued with magical powers and deep ritual significance. Gods, humans, trees, and even temples are arrayed on festival days in exquisite hand-wrought cloths, some of which rank among the most spectacular examples of traditional textile art in the world. In this illustrated book, three experts examine the history, production, and ritual uses of textiles in Balinese society.

  • Paperback: 143 Seiten
  • Verlag: Periplus Editions; Auflage: Second Printing (1997)
  • Sprache: English
  • ISBN-10: 9625931589
  • ISBN-13: 978-9625931586

NEPALESE TEXTILES         by Susi Dunsmore

Susi Dunsmore has travelled into the farthest reaches of Nepal in search of its rich and varied textiles. In the lowland valleys and the Himalayan middle mountains she has recorded traditional techniques, photographed weavers at work, and collected outstanding examples of their craft.
Until the 1950s the kingdom of Nepal had little contact with the outside world. As a result, techniques continued in use for over a thousand years and the cloth retained a distinctly Nepalese character. The author has examined manuscripts and stone carvings for the earliest evidence of textiles, and shows, for example, that nettle cloth still made today is praised for its beauty and fineness in the ancient epic of Ramayana.
The author illustrates looms and spindles of all types, describes the subtle natural dyes, and surveys the raw materials used. While some of the techniques she has recorded may vanish with fresh influences upon Nepal, new traditions are already developing and she shows the impact which a wider range of colours and yarns, including silk and fibres of the Himalayan Giant Nettle, has made among some weavers as recently as 1993.
With 100 colour and 80 black-and-white illustrations.


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  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: British Museum Press (1 Nov. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714125105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714125107


Natural Dyeing in Thailand                 by Marjo Moeyes

This is a complete account of Thai natural dyeing techniques which have been perfected over the centuries and are still in use today. Marjo Moeyes, an accomplished natural dyer and weaver, has carried out an in-depth study of the dyeing and weaving techniques of the villages of northern and northeastern Thailand. Her practical work with the village craftswomen has given her a good understanding of these age-old methods and procedures. In addition, she tried out all the dyes and processes herself. Her wholly practical approach makes this book a superior guide for the working dyer and more valuable than theoretical books in this field. A comprehensive collection of 135 recipes enables the practicing dyer to experiment with dyes from Thailand at home. The book is lavishly illustrated with over 200 photographs.

  • Paperback: 173 Seiten
  • Verlag: White Lotus (1. Januar 1993)
  • Sprache: English
  • ISBN-10: 9748495922
  • ISBN-13: 978-9748495927


Das Seidennetzwerk Zur Organisation des Seidenhandels in Europa im späten Mittelalter  von Thomas Ertl

mit freundlicher Genehmigung von Univ. Prof. Dr. Thomas Ertl

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TIED TOGETHER                                    Khmer, Lao and Mudmee Textiles             The James H. W. Thompson Foundation

I bought this book diectly at Bangkok National Museum´s Bookshop.

Book / Catalogue: published 2004.


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Tied Together


Beschreibung: Catalogue from the exhibition, Tied Together, held at the Jim Thompson Center for Textiles and the Arts, from December 2004 to March 2005. It focused on Khmer Lao and Tahi Mudmee ikat textiles. The author of the catalogue, Thirabhand Chandracharoen, is curator for the textiles section at Suanpathum Palace of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand and was curator of the exhibition. The catalogue includes an introduction to the textiles and areas from which they come, the preparation of the ikats (cottons, silks, and dyes), and essay on the Weavers and Textils of isaan, the Siamese Court and USe of Som Pak Poom, and a concluding essay. Textile images are in brilliant color. Bw archival photographic images picture native Siamese/Isaan people wearing examples of some of the textiles discussed herein. With a lengthy glossary and list of suggested reading.



  • Verlag: James H.W. Thompson Foundation; Auflage: First (2004)
  • ISBN-10: 9749270541
  • ISBN-13: 978-9749270547

Pictorial Cambodian Textiles                by Gillian Green



The pictorial representations of Cambodian silk hangings, pidan, are unique in mainland Southeast Asia. Many of the few surviving antique textiles of this genre visualise, in astounding detail, Theravada Buddhist themes and are a response in silk to similar images in other artistic media also used in community religious practice. The imagery of another genre of pidan springs from a different source, and are distinguished by their common theme of a triad of bird/snake/tree of life. In addition some of this group have images of ships ranging from realistic to arcane. Latest research suggests that these hangings were essential to celebrations held at the end of the rainy season in Cambodia. This book illuminates many facets of these spectacular cloths. Assembling for the first time a comprehensive collection of pictorial pidan from private and public collections, many hitherto unpublished, the reader can revel in the wealth of cultural references encoded in the patterns.

  • Paperback: 166 Seiten
  • Verlag: River Books Press Dist A C (25. November 2008)
  • Sprache: English
  • ISBN-10: 9749863399
  • ISBN-13: 978-9749863398






SEIDE                                                zur Geschichte eines edlen Gewebes

Herausgeber: Commission Européenne Promotion Soie (CEPS)

Barbara E. Messerli

Verlag Neue Züricher Zeitung 1986

(antiquarisch erhältlich)

ISBN 3-85823-124-X

143 pages


Ausstellungskatalog zu:

Die Ausstellung fand im Helmhaus Zürich statt vom

21. Mai bis Mitte Juli 1985