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The National Textile Museum Kuala Lumpur and Cultural impact Sdn Bhd are proud to introduce “Sacred Ikat: From Heirloom to Trade”. This exhibition is at the Textiles museum until October 23rd.

Ikat textiles are found in cultures all over the world. Ikat is being woven in Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala and Mexico and also in Uzbekistan in Central Asia. India, Japan and several South-East Asian countries have long histories of Ikat production. Among the most admired ikat come from the island of Sumba and also from Sarawak. The Pua Kumbu – of Sarawak- shares many similarities with the Hinggi of Sumba, yet the legends, symbolism and rituals that surrounding the two vary.

It’s a wonderful opportunity to see beautiful textiles from Sumba and Sarawak.

A series event is organized  in conjunction with the exhibition, starting on Tuesday September 20th,with a Textile Forum with international textiles experts : Judy Knight Achjadi, Edric Ong and Marie-Christine Tseng. The panel of speakers will deliberate on the development of the weaving and lifestyles of the Sumbanese and Ibans. They will also examine the balance between aesthetics and practicality of these ikat textiles. ADMISSION is Free.

For the Forum, please register by replying to this email address: syahrul@jmm.gov.my; or asmah@jmm.gov.my
or call Syahrul or Nor Asmah @ 03-26943457/03-26943461

The National Textile Museum is housed in an elegant and historic building of Indo-Saracenic architecture. It is flanked by the Sultan Abdul Samad building and the DayaBumi complex at 26 Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, near Merdeka square, Kuala Lumpur. Metro stations “Masjid Jamek” or “Pasar SeniP”. For more information, visit the Website: www.jmm.gov.my

Related posts : the Tun Jugah Foundation, Pua Kumbu Museum in Kuching ; The Society Atelier, organises the World Eco Fiber and TextilesForum (WEFT), Kuching ; Kuching page; Mats of Sarawak by Heidi MunanIban sleeping Mat by Heidi MunanGERAI OA The Indigenous people stall where you can buy Pua Kumbu in KL, Museum Volunteers Malaysia.

Pua Kumbu, Sarawak

Sumba ikat

“Witness to history : How the French lost the Mousquet in the 1914 Battle of Penang “
by  Dr. John R Robertson”, Saturday 3 April 2010, at 4.00pm at  E&O Hotel, Georges Town, Penang. Organized by the Penang Heritage Trust

The story of the four  French warships that had the task of patrolling the northern Malacca Straits and the defence of Penang harbour at the beginning of WW1, has never been told or written about before, except as a passing reference about the daring exploits of Emden.  Read the rest of this entry »

Kuching is a perfect destination for a traveller to start exploring Sarawak in Borneo, especially if you travel with children and are aware of responsible travel.

Kuching  is a nice town offering a wide range of good museum – maybe among the best in Malaysia -, nice heritage buildings from the 19th century, wide and safe sidewalks that allow you to discover the place slowly  – everything is at a walking distance –  and the best sunset I have ever seen in Malaysia

Kuching giant spider BakoNature and wilderness – proboscis monkeys, orang-outan, turtles,birds, big spiders..- are easily accessible at less than one hour, as well as nice and quiet beaches. And no leeches waiting for your blood, that’s great! 

The place offers also many opportunities to learn about the indigenous communities of Sarawak.

Check out the 2 posts we already published :

The Society Atelier, which conducts research and promotes the traditional craft of Sarawak, especially weaving. Now you can even have your lunch in the beautiful bungalow.

The Tun Jugah Fondation, Kuching, Sarawak : a must see museum for textile lovers especially for the indigenous ikat weaving of the Iban, called Pua Kumbu.

Check out our selection of useful links before I finish my writing about Kuching. Read the rest of this entry »

The official opening of Gopeng’s community-based ‘history and culture centre’ on World Heritage Day 2009, 18 April is another milestone in Perak Heritage.

Gopeng is a pioneer tin-mining town of the Kinta Valley , 15km south of Ipoh , the capital of Perak state. Inhabited by communities of Orang Asli, Malays, Chinese, Indians and Sikhs, this old town has many stories to tell.

gopeng-mini-heritage-museum

The ‘Gopeng history centre‘, yet to be officially named in English, is located at No.28, Jalan Eu Kong, in a row of double-storey brick shophouses built in 1887 by Eu Kong. Eu Kong is the founder of the pharmaceutical empire, Eu Yan Sang, which has its beginning in Gopeng.

 

Last year, local-born-and-bred Bernard Yaw commenced restoration of the shophouse, their ancestral home. Now, its upper floors provide a living space and rooms for his family for when they ‘come home’. The ground floor becomes the Gopeng history centre, which is devoted to the promotion and appreciation of local history, and its hometown heritage.

 The centre is the initiative of local residents led by Bernard Yaw. It is home to a non-governmental organization to be named Pertubuhan Pengurusan Muzium Gopeng, registration pending, with a small select committee of locals chaired by Yaw. A local historian, Mr Phang Sai Hong has created a permanent exhibition of historical images and a wide range of historical objects. A former teacher, Phang wants to focus on the history of this ‘town of tin and rubber’, passing onto the young the knowledge of his hometown.

A lack of town planning has caused the corrosion of the town’s heritage. Knowledge of its history can help to reverse its decline and revive the town. Already, eco-tourism in the jungle nearby, ancestral home of the Orang Asli, has made Gopeng a popular destination. A history centre will provide a focal interest in Gopeng town, where local communities can share their hometown with visitors. Increasing economic activities will benefit local traders and service providers.

The people of Gopeng take pride in their hometown. They identify with the place with cherished memories. Gopeng is primed for hometown heritage.

The Perak Heritage Society (PHS) supports hometown heritage and the efforts of the Gopeng history centre in creating a space for the appreciation of the town’s history, for both locals and visitors. We hope that other shophouse owners in Gopeng will get inspired to renew their buildings and put it to economic uses, to create employment opportunities to the young and stop the drain of human resources.

On this day, various heritage sites in town will share the joy of the occasion and welcome visitors. The PHS will offer a self-guide map to Gopeng with walking trails (at minimal cost), as well as guided walk on request for a donation yet to be set.

The official opening ceremony begins at 10 am. It will be followed by light refreshments for invited guests, then a guided walk. Poster : gopeng-cameron-highlands-trek-april-09

 Law Siak Hong

President of the Perak Heritage Society

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tun-jugah-workshop-gallery

Who are they and what do they do

The Tun Jugah Foundation (Yayasan Tun Jugah) is a charitable organization founded in 1985. The foundation was named in honor of Tun Jugah Anak Barieng (1903-1981) who was an Iban Chief and one of Sarawak’s founding fathers.
The Foundation has five divisions namely Oral History and Oral Literature, Textiles, Library and Archives, Publication and a Museum and Gallery. Read the rest of this entry »

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