The National Textiles Museum located on Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin in Kuala Lumpur is a heritage building previously occupied by various government departments and institutions. The two-storey building, completed in 1896, has a land area of 3259 sq.m with a corresponding 3145.3 sq.m of floor space.
The National Textiles Museum houses a collection of clothing, accessories and textiles in four main galleries: the Pohon Budi Gallery, the Pelangi Gallery, the Teluk Berantai Gallery and the Ratna Sari Gallery.
The Pohon Budi Gallery showcases the origins of textiles from pre-historic times as well as its growth through trade. Also on exhibit here are tools, materials and paraphernalia depicting traditional techniques of textile-making. Video screenings showcase processes such as keringkam, songket and pua kumbu.
The Pelangi Gallery exhibits selected heritage collections of clothing worn by the various communities in Malaysia. This includes clothing worn by the Baba Nyonya community of Melaka as well as various clothings of the Sabah and Sarawak ethnic communities.
The Teluk Berantai Gallery showcases the rich heritage of the Malay songket, including collections such as kain tenun (weave), kain berayat (verses) and songket tenggarung.
The Ratna Sari Gallery is perhaps the most adorned with its intricate exhibit of rich jewelry items and personal adornments. On exhibit are earrings, hair pins, bracelets, anklets as well as accessories worn by the various ethnic communities throughout Malaysia.
For more information, visit www.jmm.gov.my/en/museum/national-textiles-museum.html