Indonesian textile experts will present a seminar this afternoon to discuss ways of preserving the traditional art through weaving cooperatives in remote villages.
The exhibit's curator, James Bennett, says the craft has profound cultural significance.
But as he traveled through Indonesia looking for the stories behind the cloths, Mr Bennett says he found many of the styles are almost extinct.
"Of course, nowadays in a modern society, it's very difficult for people to set aside that time and develop those skills," he said.
"They require immense skills to make. These cloths just aren't garments or patterns but they contain profound meanings about cultural identity and about issues like Islam in Indonesia today and the role of Islam in traditional craft like textiles."
March 29, 2003