PATCHWORK JACKET, LAMPUNG, SOUTH SUMATRA, COLLECTION OF THE PERANAKAN MUSEUM, SINGAPORE. GIFT OF MR AND MRS LEE KIP LEE – TAASA Review March 2018

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1686 included a request for 54 European hats, specifying different styles and colours.

The Siamese ambassadors also brought a lavish assortment of gifts for each member of the royal household, among which textiles figured prominently, since Siam was well known as a producer of cotton piece goods (Guy 2013: 23-4). The striped cloth they brought attracted particular attention because of the mixture of cotton and silk, considered unusual at the time.

In reminding readers that fashion was up to date’ became complicated by modernity’s entanglement with imperialism and by the fear of cultural loss...