This opening event was in conjunction with the exhibition on Indonesian textiles on display in the FedEx Global Education Center November 3 - 15, 2009. The evening began with a public lecture "Indonesian Textiles - Culture, Traditions and Techniques" by curator Sally Kahler. Following the lecture, guests perused traditional cloths that decorate both body and home. Each cloth tells a story of ethnic culture and can relay facts about geography, history, symbolism, superstitions, and crafting techniques. Through actual pieces from Sumatra, Java, Bali, Timor, Flores, and Sumba guests examined cultural traditions of Indonesia, unraveling the mysteries behind ikat, batik and intricate weaving.
While viewing the textile exhibit, guests enjoyed a lively performance by UNC's Gamelan Nyai Saraswati, directed by Marzanna Poplawska, and enjoyed tasting traditional Indonesian foods.
Hosted by the Carolina Asia Center. For more about the exhibit, please visit http://www.global.unc.edu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1211&Itemid=94