MERGING IDENTITIES: THE AMBONESE COLLAR – TAASA Review March 2020
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This article was originally found in the March 2020 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 29, Issue 1, Page 22).
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Marianne Hulsbosch W hen in the 17th century the Dutch arrived in Ambon Bay in the eastern islands of the Indonesian archipelago in search of the elusive cloves and nutmeg, they were a visual spectacle to behold.
Dressed in customary black, these Reformed Dutch burghers sported the latest fashion item: a snowy white lace collar, which stood straight up framing their face.
Initially those round pleated collars were white ruffs made of stiffened Flanders lace...