Monday, 23 May 2011

Blog walk: National Textile Museum

Saturdays are my favourite days... It's time for long walks & explorations. So on 21 May 2011, I decided to walk over to the National Textile Museum, from Masjid Jamek LRT station, I walked to Sultan Abdul Samad building (the famous location for most Merdeka Day celebrations). It was buzzing with activities Citrawarna evening parade. In the hot sun (1pm) I walked right infront of the famed building and noticed the road all covered with white (bunting material) sheeting - rolls & rolls of it. Imagine the reflection - bright sunshine bouncing off the white floor .. Instant sun-tan!

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.
This Moorish style building was built in 1896 and used as headquarters of the Federated Malays States Railways. Since then, it has housed govenrment dept, banks, Infokraf centre and High Court.

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 costumes also included the Rungus traditional wear woven in pieces of different lengths and joined into a wearable costume.

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.
There is just so much to see, learn & appreciate!
 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

1 comment:

  1. amboiiiii cantik sekali ya kekayaan bansa nee
    jadi pengin ke malaysia,
    truly asia


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