National Textiles Museum

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Along Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin and just before Dataran Merdeka is the National Textiles Museum, the place where the diverse textiles collection of Malaysia's multi-ethnic society is displayed. The entrance is not obvious as the signboard is rather small and faces another side of the road. 

The entrance is further to the right

The floor plan of this museum was similar to the National Museum. It had four galleries, located at the left and right wing of the building that had two floors. There was a fifth gallery as well, but it was closed for renovation on the day I visited. The entrance to the museum was free. They also provided information sheet for visitors which can be obtained at the front desk.

The entrance

After signing the guestbook and collecting the information sheet, proceed back of the building along the walkway on the right of the staircase and turn left. Walk further and you will find the entrance to the first gallery, Galeri Pohon Budi, on the left. This gallery displayed the traditional textile making techniques such as weaving, embroidering, knitting, beading and its devices. At the centre, there was a Songket weaving device and a Pahang Diraja weaving device. There were also two kiosks that show short documentaries of textiles making.

Batik section - Hand-drawn batik

Batik section - Block batik

Exit the Pohon Budi, with the reception on the left side and you will reach the second gallery, Pelangi. Here, some of the end products from textile making work in the first gallery can be seen. It housed the textile collection of Malaysia's multi-ethnic society. In the first section, which is on the left of the entrance was the collection of different Batik types. Also in this gallery are the traditional outfits of Sabah and Sarawak ethnics, Baba dan Nyonya and Indian communities.

An exhibit in the Sabah textile section

Next, walk up the staircase in the centre of the building and turn left into the Teluk Berantai Gallery. The entire gallery were dedicated for the exhibition of Malay traditional textiles. The collections were not only from Malaysia, but also from the entire Malay Archipelago.

The last gallery was Ratna Sari, which exhibited the personal adornments of different ethnic groups. At a corner of this gallery, there was a kiosk that showed how some of these items are made. There were complete sets of personal adornments displayed here, from headdress designs, keris as an accessory,  belt and buckles to shoes.

Headdress designs

That was the last gallery in this museum. Do pay a visit you like textiles art and you wouldn't regret it!


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