David and Sue Richardson are passionate researchers and collectors of Asian textiles. Since first visiting Indonesia, in 1980, David and Sue have systematically visited every part of the archipelago, both overland and by sea using a variety of local vessels.
Over the years, David and Sue Richardson have assembled one of the finest and most comprehensive private collections of Indonesian and other Asian textiles, many of museum quality.
They are members of the Textile Society of America as well as the Oxford Asian Textile Group, which is affiliated with the Ashmolean and the Pitt Rivers Museums of the University of Oxford. The Oxford Asian Textile Group was until recently chaired by Dr Ruth Barnes, a leading academic expert on the textiles of Eastern Indonesia.
David has a doctorate in quantum physics from Cambridge University and in his early career, he spent several years working with the Ministry of Education in Jakarta on two major government aid projects to completely re-equip the universities of Indonesia with scientific equipment.
Sue is an English graduate who spent her career in training and human resources for a leading chain of British department stores. They live in Nottingham with their two cats, Treacle and Truffle.
Together we will explore the extraordinary ancestral traditions and amazing landscapes of the Lesser Sunda Islands, where textiles are the predominant form of artistic expression. Every region has its own unique textile culture, its own style of dress, and its own motifs.