MARY HUNT KAHLENBERG was Senior Curator and Department Head of Costume and Textiles at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in 1973 when she first visited Indonesia to collect textiles for the museum. This research trip not only changed her life, it was indispensable in changing the scholarly understanding of the importance and richness of Indonesian textiles. She left LACMA in 1978 to collect Indonesian textiles and to continue her research in the field, eventually becoming one of the world’s preeminent collectors and experts of this material. Mary learned to weave in her twenties and her vast knowledge was grounded in this hands-on experience and underpinned her study of textile conservation, curating exhibitions, and writing books and catalogues about a wide range of textiles, that was coupled with a broad art historical knowledge. At the moment of Mary’s first trip to Indonesia, she was uniquely capable of recognizing the significance of Indonesian textiles. In her love affair with Indonesia that persisted until the end of her life in 2011, she was able to collect great material far exceeding her expectations. While Mary carefully examined every textile she purchased to be sure the pieces met her exacting standards, even to the point of being the first to carbon date Indonesian textiles, beauty was always her paramount requirement. Essential to her success in finding great material was long-term relationships with sources in Indonesia, which she maintained and honored until her death. As her husband, I traveled with Mary to Indonesia numerous times and have many memories associated with these people and the ancestral textiles offered to her. It is time to find appreciative homes for the Indonesian textiles she collected, studied and treasured. – Rob Coffland