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The Newsletter 89 Summer 2021

The Newsletter is published by IIAS 3 times a year, and distributed in both electronic and paper formats. Each issue includes a number of research essays, reviews of Asian studies publications, news about IIAS projects and programmes, a featured art exhibition, and pages edited by our regional partners. Order your free copy through

This issue’s Focus articles reflect upon the changing roles of textiles in society. Some of the articles were discussed during an online conference in October 2020, organized by IIAS with the assistance of Sandra Sardjono of the Tracing Patterns Foundation in Los Angeles, Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood of the Textile Research Centre (TRC) in Leiden, and Chris Buckley, Oxford. The articles explore ever-present processes of adoption and adaption of ‘foreign’ elements into a local cultural context.