The cool atmosphere in the National Textile Museum was a welcome relieve. The staff are helpful & allowed me to take photos around the place. But everytime, I asked about current programmes or whether i can use the space to hold craft related events, guided tours, they always ask me to call the office and speak to the Director, personally - Pn. Janet Tee 03-2694 3461 ext. 10
Useful info : Opening hours : 9am - 6pm every day.
Parking suggestion - at Dayabumi (next door)
Public transport : LRT Pasar Seni --> walk pass Central Market to Hongkong & Shanghai Bank. Turn left, cross the bridge and walk towards the traffic light, ...and u r there!
What's nice about this place? The building itself and the exhibits.
Currently, it houses 4 galleries :
POHON BUDI GALLERY (ground floor)
- The brochure says showcasing 'origins of textiles from pre-historic times' but except for the making of bark clothes, i did not see any other references. The other exhibits show the methods, materials and 'technology' of the times - what we consider traditional methods (technology), eg. making of pua kumbu (a kind of tie & dye), tekad (a kind of gold embroidery), songket weaving, batik printing using wooden & metal stamps, beading for nyonya slippers & sewing machine embroidery to make the baju kebaya & kerawang (intricate embroidery mimicking lace) sewn on mainly casa rubia fabric. There's one where a large sea shell is used to rub the material continuously. Can't remember the name of this technique and it was so dark...
I must applaud the museum staff as much detailed has gone into it. A list of materials needed for each method is displayed & labelled. Realistic mannequins are used along side the looms/equipment to give an idea of how each method is done. However, I just can't find the title of each method displayed prominently. It is somewhere in the narration / short summary.
PELANGI GALLERY (ground floor)
Heritage costumes! My pet subject.. it had a quite balanced collection of costumes worn by the different races - Batiks in all forms, Songket weaves, Nyonya textiles, embroidery & beading, Sabah & Sarawak woven fabrics like the Dastar & Mogah (Bajau & Iranun).
The gallery also have a large display for Chinese costumes with its elaborate embroidery & beading, not only for clothes but wedding bed and other household uses.
|This whole part is beaded in different colours to resemble the embroidery (yellow strip, on top) above it.|
I'll stop my blog here.. there r 2 more galleries to walk through, plus the Glass Foyer.. come see for yourself!!
.. your blog walker, Crazeepatches