“Hidden Treasure: The Javanese Batik Collection of Thailand’s King Chulalongkorn (1868-1910)”
with Dale Gluckman, Senior Consultant at the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles, Bangkok and former curator and department head, Costume & Textile Department, LACMA
Saturday, February 11th, 2017, 10 a.m.
Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum
Admission: Free for current members of the TAC; $5 for students and members of FAMSF; $10 General Admission
Join us as Dale Gluckman guides us through an exciting discovery in the archives! During the preliminary research for a new textile museum in Bangkok, now the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles, the design and curatorial consulting teams were taken into the storerooms of the Inner Court of the Grand Palace. Among the many textiles and elements of dress shown to the team were several batik hip wrappers easily recognized as Javanese. Where did they come from and why were they in the royal store rooms? Who made the collection, under what circumstances, and why? How many were there and in what condition? Did anyone outside the court know about them? Why was this such an important re-discovery and why had they never been exhibited, published or researched? These and many more questions will be answered in this talk and plans for the collection’s public debut will be discussed. Highlights from this truly “hidden treasure” will be shared along with historic photos related to the formation of the collection.