Cross-redressing the Political in Oceanian Textile Cultures: Collectivity, syncretism and globalization

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Textile practices in the Pacific islands complicate any neat classification as either craft, contemporary art or traditional ceremony, individually or collectively authored. These binaries can be productively updated through global examples that are linked by anti-colonial resistance movements. In this chapter the broad geographic definition of the Pacific Ocean or Oceania refers especially to the islands of Australia, New Zealand, and Indonesia that are its focus. It represents strains of contemporary textile cultures from this region and the particular ways in which collective practices respond critically to globalization.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOxford Companion to Textile Arts
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Feb 2020