TIE-DYE SILK TEXTILE. 178 X 90 CM. CAMBODIA, EARLY TWENTIETH CENTURY. COURTESY NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CAMBODIA, 1914 – TAASA Review March 2011

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These featured commercial buildings such as banks, Dutch bank notes and coins, and modes of transport such as trains, ships, airplanes, cars and bicycles – all impressive manifestations of modernity.

Even the architecture, displays and infrastructure of the 1914 International Exhibition held in Semerang, Java provided a rich source of new themes for batik designs ­ far removed from not only traditional Javanese batik design but even from the earlier romantic or domestic designs. ...