National Textile Museum

Well worth a visit, even for those not overly fascinated by textiles, this museum is housed in one of the city's most impressive colonial-era buildings. The exhibits, which are divided into four galleries, over two doors, do a good job of showing the history and traditions of textiles in Malaysia. One of the museum's strengths is that it takes a very broad view of what constitutes textiles - everything from shoes to jewellery. The building itself, which was completed in 1905, served several functions, before becoming this museum in 2010.

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Operating Hours : Daily 9.00 am - 6.00 pm (Close on Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Hari Raya Aidiladha)

Pohon Budi Gallery
Pohon Budi Gallery showcases the origin of textile, the beginning of textile production in this region, and the growth of the industry over the centuries. It shows the traditional techniques of textile making, the tools used, materials, embroidery, batik making process, knitting, beadwork and songket weaving. The gallery also exhibits the pua kumbu, traditional patterned multi-coloured traditional cloths of the Iban, telupuk, tekatan, keringkam, linangkit, kain pis and many more traditional cloths of the indigenous Sarawak and Sabah people.

Pelangi Gallery
Pelangi literally translates to rainbow and as the name indicates, the Pelangi Gallery showcases the use of colours to enhance the beauty of a textile. Kain Pelangi literally translates to rainbow cloths and is known as the royal yarn of multi-coloured cloth. This gallery exhibits some of the selected heritage collections of various ethnic textiles and its development over the years. This includes collections of Malay, Chinese, those of the Baba and Nyonya as well as the indigenous cloths of the traditional people of Sabah and Sarawak. Focus is given to the colours, motif used, as well as the technique to create an art that is the treasure to the nation.

Teluk Berantai Gallery
Teluk Berantai Gallery showcases the richness, fineness and beauty of the Malay heritage collections which includes the gold embroidery made to create a raised relief on velvet know in Malay as tekatan, the kelingkan which is an embroidery applique, kain tenun which literally means woven fabric, kain limiar, an apron like piece made of silk, kain limar songket tenggarung which is a limar cloth with heavily accentuated gold thread, fine cotton or silk fabric imprinted with floral motifs using gold leaves or gold dust, kain berayat, as well other costumes.

Ratna Sari Gallery
The Ratna Sari Gallery showcases a collection of jewelry, personal adornment of the various ethnic groups of Malaysia. They are made of gold, silver, copper, plants, beads, passed down from mothers to daughters over the centuries. The collections represent the knowledge and attentiveness put to create a masterpiece that will last forever. Among the items on display include the crown, pemeleh (earrings), cucuk sanggul (hair pin), dokoh (necklace with a large concave pendant), pending (large waste buckle made of silver), bracelets, caping (chastity plate, as well as various types of ankle bracelets. This is certainly a must-visit gallery.


Getting There

By Rail
RapidKL LRT : Stop at Masjid Jamek Station (ST5)  on the Kelana Jaya Line or the Ampang Line and walk towards the Sultan Abdul Samad Building.
KTMB Komuter :  Stop At Kuala Lumpur Station, then take a 5 minutes walk towards the Sultan Abdul Samad Building.

By Bus
Hop On Hop Off Bus : Stop at No.17 ( Merdeka Square)