Textiles & Clothing

Indonesian BatikThe techniques, symbolism and culture surrounding hand-dyed cotton and silk garments known as Indonesian Batik permeate the lives of Indonesians from beginning to end: infants are carried in batik slings decorated with symbols designed to bring the child luck, and the dead are shrouded in funerary batik.

© Batik Museum Institute, pekalongan, 2008

The technique of ''point d’Alençon'' is a rare technique of needle lace-making, practiced in the town of Alençon in Normandy in north-west France. Alençon needle lace is unusual because of the high level of craftsmanship required and the very long time that it takes to produce (seven hours per square centimeter). The pieces of openwork textile using the technique are used for decorative purposes in civil and religious life.

         © Sébastien Collet, service communication de la ville d’Alençon