ETHNIC JEWELLERY AND ADORNMENT Australia · Oceania · Asia · Africa by Truus Daalder Ethnic Art Press and Macmillan, 2009 Photographs by Jeremy Daalder rrp A$155.00 including postage – TAASA Review June 2010


This article was originally found in the June 2010 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 19, Issue 2, Page 21).

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With the stated aim of promoting public appreciation of ethnic jewellery, Truus Daalder provides much more to the reader through her knowledge of the spiritual values of tribal people, all learnt through the study of objects.

Her book, `Ethnic Jewellery and Adornment’, covering the regions of Australia, Oceania, Asia and Africa, gives us an understanding of cultures, beliefs and rituals through the objects worn and treasured by ethnic groups from these countries. to both categories and of the highest and most stimulating quality. As a potter of many years and with a small collection of ethnic jewellery and clothing, I have always been interested, like most potters, in mark-making, design and pattern, and what we can learn through the forms and decoration that adorn pots from ancient times or ethnic traditions.

I am fascinated by the similarities that exist in work from diverse regions and, in particular, the differences that can be traced from one region to another perhaps as people migrate, or as objects are carried from one place to another...