Early Embroidered and Woven Textiles of West Aceh

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Part of the Ca Mau Cargo (Chinese Yongzheng 1723-1735).

Early Embroidered and Woven Textiles of West Aceh

An Illustrated Talk by Barbara Leigh

In her talk, Barbara will focus on the early textiles of West Aceh which consist of a broad range of embroidered hangings that are used for weddings and other rites of passage. The iconography of the cloths bespeaks a rich history of Islamic beliefs that reached these coastal communities. There are also finely woven silk sarongs and shoulder cloths, selendang that display supplementary weft patterns that are geometric, floral and calligraphic which were produced in a range of villages in Aceh. Many of these cloths were sold during the last five decades. I give attribution to the fine collection of Sim Tan who is based in Kuala Lumpur.

Dr. Barbara Leigh has a long -standing interest in arts of the Islamic Malay world. She has published and given lectures in this area. Her study of older Acehnese textiles began in the late 1970s. Since the brutal civil war and the devastating tsunami, Barbara has returned to the province several times, the latest visit being in 2017.

Members are invited to bring along their textiles.

Do join us for the first meeting of the year to meet the new TSG committee over light refreshments.

RSVP and Payment: Please RSVP to Margaret White at margaret.artmoves@gmail.com. Pre-payment prefered – pay by:

1. Via this website – see booking button above right.

2. By EFT to TAASA’s account: BSB 012 003 Account no: 2185 28414 (please indicate name plus TSG).

3. Or cash at door


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 March, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEDT
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