From Songket to Anyaman, there are plenty of Malay textiles up for display at this exhibition in Menara Ken, TTDI.
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Have you ever wondered what types of Malay textiles exist in Malaysia? Sure, we’ve heard of Songket and Batik, but what about the others? Malaysia is filled with rich cultural arts and the stories behind them. Surely we have more than those two types of textiles, right? What are the others?
Intrigued? There’s no better time to be intrigued because there’s a Malay textile exhibition going on in town!
Malay textile exhibition for the intrigued
Called ‘The Splendours of Malay World Textiles’, 12 major categories of Malay textiles will be presented through over 700 individual pieces.
Among the 12 major categories are:
- Songket (brocade)
- Limar (weft ikat)
- Telepuk (gold leaf applique)
- Tekatan (embroidery)
- Pelangi (tie-dye)
- Ikat Loseng (warp ikat)
- Tenunan (plain weave of stripes and checks)
- Linangkit (tapestry)
- Cetakan (prints)
- Batik (wax resist)
- Renda (lace)
- Anyaman (woven unspun plant fibre)
There will also be similar textiles from other countries on display so we can relate and compare with the ones in our country.
This collection is owned and curated by John Ang, a Chinese American art historian and collector who stays in Malaysia since 2018 to further study and refine his understanding of the Malay world heritage textile.
Previously, he worked as the director of the Samyana gallery in Taiwan for 28 years. There, he established himself as an authority on Asian art while publishing a few books on Chinese furniture, Yoga and Asian cuisine.
I first started collecting Malay textiles in 2014 and was immediately enamoured by their beauty and complexities.John Ang, Art Historian and Collector
It sparked my passion and I became an avid collector, travelling all over Asia to acquire pieces to add to my growing collection.
The collection offers you a unique opportunity to see some of the finest examples of Malay textiles. You can witness the intricate technique behind every textile and learn how these techniques also have different variations to them.
The rare and high-quality content of the exhibition is aimed to inspire the general public, textile enthusiasts, fashion designers, interior designers and textile producers.
In this 3-month duration, John will be conducting workshops, guided tours, dinner showcases and more in hopes of welcoming Malaysians and international visitors to the fascinating exhibit for them to learn and be inspired.
This collection is my gift to Malaysians, who I have learned to love since I moved here.John Ang, Art Historian and Collector
I hope it brings you joy, and empowers you to be confident of your culture, which has a beautifully rich and diverse history, something worth preserving and celebrating,
Take a look at the available tours and lectures for this 3-month duration here. Some of the interesting topics available for lectures are Nyonya Sarong Kebaya Fashion Evolution, Baju Kurung Patterns, Looking Deeper in the Symbolism of Bunga Cogan, and 7 Categories of Malay Embroidery, Collecting Textiles of Short-Lived Malay Fashion Trends and plenty more engrossing topics.
For more info on the exhibition, visit their website here.
The Splendours of Malay World Textiles
Date: 24 July – 30 October 2022 (3 months)
Venue: Menara Ken, TTDI
Gallery Hours: 10.30 am – 6.30 pm (daily)
Ticket: RM35 for the exhibition