RRP $US 142.00, hardcover, 237 pages – TAASA Review September 2014


This article was originally found in the September 2014 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 23, Issue 3, Page 28).

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This publication is an intensive sociological and cultural examination of Ambonese society as mediated through dress and adornment in the late Dutch colonial period.

Ambon, a famed Spice Isle in the Indonesian archipelago, is situated more or less halfway between the most easterly reaches of Sulawesi and the western tip of West Papua.

Together with a number of other tiny islands in the central Moluccas group, their reputation for spice-laden resources far exceeds their size. Autochthonous dress consisted of simple barkcloth loincloths ciao babaungga for men and harene for women...