Posts Tagged ‘National Textile Museum’


Kebaya Tales : Stories from The Nyonya

Kebaya Tales : Stories from The Nyonya

The Baba-Nyonya community refers to a group of people who are descendants of late 15th and 16th century Chinese immigrants who came to the islands of Nusantara during the Colonial era. These are people who have assimilated to the Malay Peninsula’s culture and have adopted the Malay language as a first or second language over the years. Their culture is a rich and vibrant one, as seen through their spoken language, their dressing and their cuisine.

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Textile Talk: Dream of the Drape

Textile Talk: Dream of the Drape

In every culture, women’s wear has always been more elaborate than men’s wear. Women are often associated to beauty, and this usually extends to their attire. One of the more elaborate traditional women’s costumes in Malaysia has to be the saree of the Indians.
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The Rich Patterns in Life

The Rich Patterns in Life

It is hard to imagine how creative people actually are, and how beautiful their creations can be. I got an idea when I visited the National Textile Museum recently. The museum curator, Puan Rosidah, was kind enough to give me a tour through this amazing museum and its unique collection of artifacts.
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Shining Cloth – The Textile Trade of 15th – 16th Malacca

Shining Cloth – The Textile Trade of 15th – 16th Malacca

Way before the advert of asphalt highways, there was only one road that was so famous and important that it was known by merchants throughout the world. That road, of course, was the fabled Silk Road, a trade route that ran through the entire breadth of Asia. Named after the most sought after commodity of the day, silk, the route begins in the deserts of the Middle East, and ends in the imposing cities of Imperial China.

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Textile and the Body: Malaysian Perspectives

Textile and the Body: Malaysian Perspectives

The National Textile Museum in Kuala Lumpur will be organising a forum called ‘Textile and the Body: Malaysian Perspectives’ this coming 28th April 2011. The forum will be held at the National Textile Museum from 9.30 am till 12.00 pm. The forum will discuss the topic of the Male Body and Masculinity. The museum has invited four individuals to present their ideas and insights on traditional and contemporary clothing for men in Malaysia. They are Salikin Sidek, Calvin Thoo, Reza Zainal Abidin and Cedric Tan.

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Textile Talk @ National Textile Museum

Textile Talk @ National Textile Museum

Modern living is undoubtedly more convenient with the advent of machines and automation. Mass production and the power of replication has revolutionised many industries, including textiles. What was once a lengthy series of arduous processes that required mastery in specialised techniques has been simplified so much so that everything will run at just the press of a button. The benefits of this revolution are many, but wouldn’t you rather be the person wearing something vibrant and unique in a crowd of uniformed colours and designs?
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