TAASA TEXTILE STUDY GROUP A Tale of Two Cities: Modernity in early 20th c. SE Asian Textiles 12 March 2014 Similar motifs and composition on a Pekalongan (Java, Indonesia) batik and a tye-dyed silk from Phnom Penh (Cambodia) intrigued TAASA President, Gill Green, to hypothesize how designs using symbols of modernity such as cars and postal services were embraced in the early 20th c. by different cultures some 2000kms apart. – TAASA Review June 2014


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Gill postulated that the thriving, interregional trade network led by Arab Hadramas who migrated to SE Asia aided the movement of batik to the north in the 19th century.

Later, skilled Javanese weavers and batik makers migrated to the Kelantan/Trengganu region of NE Malaysia bordering Cambodia.

It was but a small step for Cambodia to absorb their new cutting edge designs...