Ancestor figure from New Guinea
Last week I visited the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam. It was a long time ago that I was there. It is located in a beautiful building. The Tropenmuseum has a lot of Batiks in their collection, unfortunately not on display in the museum. But still there was enough inspiration to be found! I especially like the bird figures from New Guinea & Papua (see the photo's below) and I think the Tree of life will have a place in my work soon.
Enjoy the photo's and when you are in Amsterdam do visit the Tropenmuseum!
More info on www.tropenmuseum.nl
Dance skirt made of Bark ("boomschors"), Sentani-lake, Papua
Hornbill figure ("Neushoornvogelfiguur") and other mythical bird figures
Nut cracker from Madura, Indonesia
Malaysia, 19e century
Love this one! Bird figure made by the Asmat (people) from Papua. It's based on a cockatoo.
This Hornbill figure was used by the Abelam (people) to gard the men house. Papua/New Guinea
Prayer shawl, Batik made in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 2007
Tree of Life
Tree of life ("levensboom") This specific one is used in Wayang to mark the beginning, end or the break of a Wayang play. The Tree of life is called Dewadaru. It stands for gift of the gods. The tree grows on the Karimunjawa Islands north of Java. The inhabitants believe the wood of the tree has heeling power and is used as an charm for protection.
Tree of life from Mexico. In Mexico this Tree of life is used on the Day of the dead ("Día de los Muertos"). The candles stand for the spirits of lost family and friends.
In 1675 the Dutch East India Compony (VOC) began importing brightly coloured chintz ("sitsen") from India. In the Netherlands they started to make imitations. This jacket ("jakje") is from the around 1817 closed cotton print factory "Overtooms welvaren" in Amsterdam.
Wooden printblocks from Iran
Printblock ("drukblok"), made of wood from Iran, decorated with palmette ("palmetten-versiering"; gestilleerd palmblad of kleine palm) for applying ornaments on cotton. The printblocks look a lot like the caps from Indonesia. I think they apply the paint directly to the wood and then stamp on the fabric. With the cap it's the wax that is applied to the fabric.
Angisa's, textile with a message. The origin of this folded head cloth lies in West Africa. The way the head cloth is folded gives expression the the feeling of the wearer. Sometimes it's a silent for of protest or a way to show happiness.