RUTH HADLOW: UNPACKING MY SUITCASE, TEXTILE TALES FROM WEST TIMOR 9 October 2013, COFA – TAASA Review December 2013
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This article was originally found in the December 2013 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 22, Issue 4, Page 30).
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What a treat was in store for TAASA members, friends and COFA students.
Beautiful images of the people, cultural objects, and traditional way of life accompanied Ruthâ€™s interesting talk. Ruth – artist, writer and educator – filled us in on the background of her decision to live in Kupang, West Timor, a rural and poor country, explaining the effects of colonists, the Dutch and Portuguese, on its culture and traditions.
Whereas the Dutch attempted to stifle, the Portuguese accommodated the animist traditions, belief in spirits and ancestor worship amongst others...