Timelines for Asian Design

I have been pushing to get a peridoization – breaking history into periods – of history happening. My next task is to come up with a new set of terminologies – aesthetic categories – for the periods.

How is the periodization of material culture (design) to be undertaken?

The following periodization is to serve as breaks, period, that define the dominant ideology-culture. Which then influences the design, influences, and aesthetics of the period.

Re Indian Sub-Continent pre 20th Century – will be a special category within the colonial period, that presages the birth of the nation states in the sub-continent.

In the contemporary period the account can be in decades – swift change of technology and material culture transformation. Whereas in the period before the account can be in chunks of 100 years or more.

What are the hero-objects that define each period?

South Asia
Ancient 1500 BC to 400 BC
Buddhist Period 400 BC to 0
Kingdoms Period 0 to 1000 AD
Islamic Period 1000 to 1700 (1750s)
European (Great Civilization) 1700 to 1857
Colonial Period 1857 to 1947
Nationalist Period 1947 to 1991
Contemporary Period 1991 to Current

South East Asia
Ancient 1500 BC to 1 BC
Hindu Period 1 BC to 1000 AD
Islam Period 1000 AD to 1600 AD
European Period 1600 AD to 1945*
Nation State Period 1945 (or other) to current


Bollywood Fever Hits Indonesia

Marcel Thee | April 14, 2011, on, http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/lifeandtimes/bollywood-fever-hits-indonesia/435445

Aviral YouTube video of a policeman lip-syncing and dancing to the song “Chaiyya Chaiyya” by Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan not only turned officer Norman Kamaru into an instant celebrity, but has also renewed the country’s love affair with Bollywood.

The Art of South and Southeast Asia

Steven M. Kossak and Edith W. Watts

A great and early civilization arose on the subcontinent of South Asia that in time spread northward to the Himalayan region and eastward to Southeast Asia, a vast area including Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Myanmar. This resource introduces works of art from this area selected from the superb South and Southeast Asian and Islamic collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Included are examples of Buddhist and Hindu temple art and the later court arts of South Asia; these range from miniature painting and luxurious textiles to elegant personal possessions. As well as descriptions of the visual qualities and symbolic meanings of the art, also provided are a summary of South and Southeast Asian history, a section about Buddhism and Hinduism, classroom activities, and lesson plans.


The Art of South and Southeast Asia book cover

Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library

Asian/Pacific Studies
Subject-Oriented Bibliographies


This page lists select thematic bibliographies of value/use to researchers in Asian and Pacific Studies. It is partially based on materials from the now defunct “Clearinghouse for Asian Studies & Social Sciences Subject-Oriented Bibliographies.” Please mail (tmciolek@coombs.anu.edu.au) if you know of relevant on-line bibliography(ies) not listed here.

Online South Asian bibliographies

[INDOLOGY: Resources for Indological Scholarship]


Bibliographies for the study of Southern Asia

From – http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/su/southasia/bibliographies.html

The University of Chicago Library


tribaltextiles.info website


Welcome to the tribaltextiles.info website. On this site you will find mainly pictorial information on tribal textiles with a strong regional focus on southwest China and southeast Asia (currently more than 70 photogalleries and studies, articles and exhibitions as well as diaries of textile-related travel linked to the various country pages). The concentration is very much on textiles constructed from traditional techniques and worn as clothing. Where possible the textiles are shown in context, being made and worn in villages and towns by people for whom the textiles form part of their culture and indentity. The site was launched in January 2002 based on the tribal textile material originally published on the pacross.net website which was first launched in May 2000. The tribaltextiles.info site continues to be gradually expanded in both depth, breadth and contributors – watch what’s new.

Bibliographies? http://www.tribaltextiles.info/bibliography.htm

Encyclopedia of the Nations


The Encyclopedia of the Nations is a complete source for detailed information about one hundred ninety three countries in the world, information about the United Nations and the associated agencies, and World Leaders.

Make sure to also vist Every Culture for detailed information about countries’ cultures and Food By Country for recipes and other information for every country, and Press Reference for information about press in the World.

Timelines of World Art: Asia & South East Asia


Oxford Art Online is an innovative gateway that offers users the ability to access and search the vast content of Grove Art Online and other Oxford art reference resources in one location. With the 2008 complete redesign of Grove Art Online and the addition of substantial new Oxford reference content, Oxford Art Online offers the most extensive and easily searchable online art resource available today, a virtual art reference library of unparalleled scope and depth.




Another Timeline maker


Timeline Maker

Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History


A gorgeous interactive TimeLine – the world at a glance.

Thailand Creative and Design Center (TCDC)


Anyone interested in art and design would surely benefit from visiting the TCDC (Thailand Creative & Design Center) in Bangkok. Although they have been around now for five years, I don’t think they are very well known which is a pity as they have many resources, as well exhibits, that should prove to be of interest to many people. The TCDC is located conveniently on the 6th floor of The Emporium shopping mall. There is easy access from the sky train station at BTS Phrom Phong. They are open every day, apart from Mondays, from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. The most popular day is Saturday with the quietest being Friday.

TCDC (Thailand Creative & Design Center)

TCDC Resource Center


Following the economic crisis in Thailand, Government by Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has worked out a strategy on the economic restoration and capability to gain competitive advantage.

The strategy focuses on providing Thais with easy access to “source of capital” resulting in the increase in consumption and economic growth up to a certain level. To maintain sustainable economic growth, the Government also gives Thais an opportunity to acquire the most updated and varied knowledge software, leading to up – and -coming designers and product developer as well as new entrepreneurs that can combine capital with idea & creativity to improve and add value to their products.


Industrial Design in Asia

The Network of the Asian Design Studies Group:

China: Foshan University

Prof. Fan Jin Song

India: National Institute of Design

Praveen Nahar

Japan: Chiba University

South Korea: KAIST

Turkey: METU

Gulay Hasgodan/ Fatma Korkut

Indonesia: ITB

Dwinita Larasati

Thailand: Chulalongkorn University

Pim Sudhikam