In honor of the East-West Center Gallery’s 20th anniversary and the East-West Center’s 55th anniversary, this exhibition will feature a selection of textiles rarely seen by the general public, including new works recently donated and never before exhibited. The works will include: batik from Indonesia and Malaysia, embroidered clothes from China, kilim carpet weaving from Iran, Indian zardozi, Cambodian ikat, naturally-dyed Lao silk weaving, Samoan siapo, Bangladeshi kantha, Korean chokakpo, Japanese silk kimono and obi, Uzbeki suzani, Burmese shwe gyi do, Syrian silk, Filipino Bontoc weaving, and more.

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Since its founding in 1960, the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawai‘i has been the recipient of hundreds of gifts of art, reflecting the richness and diversity of the Asia Pacific region. Heads of government and institutions, alumni chapters, artists-in-residence, professional colleagues, young scholars, and various supporters of the East-West Center continue to add extraordinary and unique works to the growing EWC collection.

The items exhibited are treasures because they represent the peoples who made them, wore them, and preserved them. They can be heirlooms to pass on for generations or fabrics that delineate status, ethnicity, gender, and community. Textiles and fiber arts have long been, and continue to be, highly prized throughout the Asia Pacific region.

Special thanks to all the artists and donors who have contributed the pieces shown in this exhibition.

This exhibition is made possible by generous support from Richard H. Cox and Aston Hotels & Resorts.

EWC Arts Programs are supported by the Hawai‘i Pacific Rim Society, Friends of Hawai‘i Charities, Jackie Chan Foundation USA, Jean E. Rolles, EWC Arts ‘Ohana members, and other generous donors.

We would like to dedicate this exhibit to two of the founders of the East-West Center’s Arts Program: Jeanette “Benji”Bennington (1934-2014) and William Feltz.

Benji was the first curator of EWC Gallery and a pioneer in displaying contemporary Asian arts. Bill Feltz continues to be involved with the EWC as an adjunct arts specialist and has been with the Center for over 45 years. Both founders ensured that the EWC’s permanent collection includes many beautiful and unique textiles.