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Splendours of Malay World Textiles

Splendours of Malay World Textiles is an unprecedented exhibition displaying the entire genre of textiles from the Malay World. It will be accompanied by workshops, lectures, and a catalogue that will be published in 2023.

650 textiles divided into 12 major categories of textile techniques will be on display. These include some of the best examples of 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) and Anyaman (woven unspun plant fibre). Textiles of other countries that relate to these Malay textiles will also be on display to enable direct comparisons.

This exhibition offers the people of Malaysia and the rest of the world a unique opportunity to see some of the world's finest examples of Malay textiles. It not only shows the major techniques of Malay textiles but also displays a wide range of variations within each technique. The rare content and high quality of the exhibition are aimed at inspiring and harnessing the awareness and interest of the general public, textile enthusiasts, fashion designers, interior designers, and textile producers. Attending lectures and seeing these textiles as on slides, in photographs in books, or on the internet is entirely different from viewing the actual pieces which will have a strong impact, especially when the public is offered the opportunity of seeing the entire genre of Malay textiles in one single exhibit. The visual effect of the size, quality, breadth of scope, and variety of styles will definitely stimulate and prompt people to promote, revive, restore, and conserve this precious heritage.