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