BATIK SARONG, YOGYAKARTA, CENTRAL JAVA, C. 1998, COTTON. COLLECTION AND PHOTO: MARSHALL CLARK – TAASA Review June 2013
For centuries there has been a great flow of people, products and ideas in the region, with Malay being the common lingua franca.
But with the emergence of colonialism, nationalism and postcolonial state-building, the previously close kinship relations shared between the peoples of the two countries have become strained.
Malaysians now speak Malay, and Indonesians now speak Indonesian (really a variant of Malay)...