Rivers, Victoria Z.
October 1995
Surface Design Journal;Fall95, Vol. 20 Issue 1, p4
Trade Publication
The article explores the cultural content of shining textiles and clothing. Because of its seductive glowing warmth, gold was the most ancient valuable material used in personal adornment. Gold became an expression of wealth and has been associated with financial value. For wealthy Indonesians from Sumatra, Java and Bali, the wearing of prada is a reflection of their riches and family pride. Meanwhile, the Tibetan Buddhist high lamas wear damask-woven silk vests and robes in bright yellow as symbols of their stature as high rulers of religious orders. For Japanese priests, the luxurious mantle called kesa is used. In some areas, the presence of a deity or a demigod is signaled by the lustrous and expensive costumes worn in dances and dramas.


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