WOMANâ€™S SARONG (TAIS FETO), BELU, WEST TIMOR, MID20TH C, COTTON, DYES, 59X135 CM. PHOTO: TIM CONNOLLY – TAASA Review March 2014
Anyone who has had the privilege of visiting the home of Dr John Yu and the late Dr George Soutter will appreciate the place of Southeast Asian art in their lives.
Not only are collected objects displayed throughout the house, the bookshelves are filled with catalogues and reference books while recorded gamelan music and incense hint at attempts to recreate the settings in which many of these objects originated.
Unlike the ceramics, bronzes, woodcarvings and sculptures on permanent display around the house, the extent of their Indonesian textile collection is not immediately apparent to the casual gaze of a visitor...