Shadow Puppets from Java

Shadows cast by elaborate leather puppets performing Indonesian versions of Indian Hindu epics. On a portable stage, the puppeteer-priest sets up his framed screen and lamps. He will thrill and enchant a crowd with his puppets. To the women, seated … Continued

Bamana Animal Puppets

It is a hot Savannah night. Festive drumbeats urge people to the village square. One after another giant animals arrive, their grass costumes fly as they swing and sway. Hidden inside each frame, men dance and work the puppets. The … Continued

Continuing Conflict in Kachin State

Today marks the third anniversary of the breakdown of a 17-year ceasefire agreement between the Kachin Independence Army and Burmese government which has had tragic consequences for the Kachin community. The Kachin are an ethnic minority group based in northern … Continued

Textile Texts – A talk about Burmese manuscript binding tapes by Ralph Isaacs

Saturday 22 March 2014, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Public talk 2-3.30pm, Book launch from 4pm, Free, All welcome Learn more about these woven miniatures of Buddhist art with collector Ralph Isaacs. Followed by the launch of Ralph’s new book, Sazigyo—Woven … Continued