What have I been up to this week then? I have had some good chats with Angela about the plants at Rimbun Dahan and found this pile of books by my door the other day.
|6 Volumes (+1 index) and The Curiosity Cabinet of the Ambonese Herbal|
Angela also invited me to view her collection of songket. Briefly, a songket is a textile in the brocade family. Handwoven in cotton or silk, (and traditionally using naturally-dyed fibre) it is intricately patterned with gold or silver threads, giving it a shimmering effect, and is therefore a luxury fabric used for ceremony as sarong, shoulder cloths or head ties. Of course it is much more than this description, with many books written on the subject (yes, I have been lent those as well!!). So enough of my prattle, here is the eye-candy....
|One of the beautifully woven textiles (reverse side).|
|And another one showing both front and back of the songket|
| An unusual design, and we found some slight variations throughout the cloth|
which emphasises it's hand-made qualities.
|An intricate clasp on the edge of this heavily embellished songket.|
Hopefully these beautiful textiles will encourage you to find out some more about songket.
On Saturday, Angela showed about 30 architecture students and lecturers from the Politeknik Sultan Idris Shah around Rimbun Dahan. They spent a few hours walking around the landscaped garden, looking at the traditional and contemporary buildings on site and listening to artist talks.
|The group from the PSIS outside my studio after artist talk.|
|Almost finished 2 large pieces, some drawings and works on paper, and dye samples.|
For those of you that are more interested in the fauna and flora I have managed a few photos for you as well. I found this large insect one morning, covered in dust and fluff on my studio floor. I saved it's life....then by chance I was flipping through one of Angela's books and found out what it was.......
|Rhynchophorus ferrugineus - the Red Palm Weevil - about 4-5cm long|
Here is an interesting plant I am sampling for dyes. It is a Bunga telang in Malay, or Clitoria ternatea. The flower is used as colouring for a rice dish, nasi kerabu, and kuih tai bai, a small cake.
There weren't that many flowers on Angela's vine, but I am sampling the leaves and seed pods in my dyepots.
Well, that's all for this week. Feel free to ask questions or comment below.
Sehingga minggu depan,