Austronesian Migrations and the Textiles and Sculpture of Southeast Asia

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Tampan ceremonial cloth, Lampung South Sumatra, Indonesia

Austronesian Migrations and the Textiles and Sculpture of Southeast Asia

The idea of a culturally connected people spreading from the Southeast Asian coastal mainland through insular Southeast Asia from the Solomon Islands and the Pacific as far as Easter island and New Zealand is not difficult to imagine. What is extraordinary, however, is the amazing feats of navigation. These far- flung peoples are linguistically connected; Austronesian language speakers started their journey southward from Taiwan some 5000 years ago. This illustrated talk will focus on examples of the similarities of artistic expression embodied in Southeast Asian cultural artefacts

Ross Langlands
Speaker, Ross Langlands is a former school teacher who became interested in oriental rugs and worked from 1970 in the wholesale trade in Zurich, Switzerland. After returning to Australia in 1975, he established Nomadic Rug Traders, a gallery dealing in oriental rugs and textiles with his wife, Irene. In the 1980s and 1990s their dealing interests spread to encompass Southeast Asian and tribal art. Ross is a past president of the Oriental Rug Society of NSW and the Antique Dealers Association of NSW and is a founding member of TAASA.

Members are invited to bring along textiles or sculptures relevant to the presentation.

The Textile Study Group committee welcome you to our final meeting of the year. Light refreshments will be served.

Bookings: Email Chris Manning at, or phone Chris on 0412686025. Please make all bookings & payment in advance. No refunds.

1. By Direct Debit (“your name TSG” as reference)
BSB: 012 003 Account Number: 2185 28414
Account Name: The Asian Arts Society of Australia

2. By credit card on this website – see booking button above.

Getting There:

Driving directions

Drive north on Kent Street, turn right into Argyle Street, turn right again into Watson Road and follow it around past the Sydney Observatory to the National Trust Centre.

Free Parking is available on site.

Public Transport directions

Bus: Route 311 terminates at Argyle Street. Walk up Watson Road, Observatory Hill and follow the signs.

Train/Ferry: to Wynyard or Circular Quay and proceed as below.

Walking Directions

From Circular Quay
Walk to George Street in The Rocks. Turn left into Argyle Street and walk under the famous Argyle Cut to climb the stairs opposite the Garrison Church. Turn left at the top of the stairs and follow Watson Road past the Sydney Observatory to the National Trust Centre.

From Wynyard and the city
At No. 1 York Street walk through the expressway underpass. Follow the tunnel, keeping to the right, until you come up on Kent Street. Walk along Kent Street to the Agar Steps, or follow the approach to the Bridge, which will take you past the National Trust Centre on your left.

From Kent Street
Follow the historic Agar Steps (opposite the Observatory Hotel) up to the National Trust Centre.



13 November, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEDT
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