Merdeka Square in the old headquarters of the Federated Malay States Railway, is a real
gem of a museum.
The Textile Museum has
only been open four years and is often empty as very few people seem to know
about it. However, last week the museum
was teeming with Year 3 children, clutching clipboards, all intent on
completing ‘The Museum Detective Quiz’.
The children discovered Chinese red silk wedding clothes decorated with
phoenixes, sunhats decorated with thousands of delicate glass beads, a solid
gold belt buckles weighing nearly half a kilogram and dramatic headdresses from
Borneo decorated with hornbill feathers.
The children can now speak knowledgably about Songket, Batik and
Gilding; they can tell you the countries which have influenced Malay textiles;
they can tell you about the motifs which reoccur frequently in Malay patterns. Most importantly, they are beginning to
recognise how tradition and culture have impacted on this particular art form.
Armed with plenty of ideas
the children are now inspired to make a waistcoat using a whole range of
Malaysian fabric. Expect waistcoats
decorated with Batik, dragons, Songket and shimmering silk. Expect plenty of beads, ribbons and shiny
buttons adorning these waistcoats. Once
threads have been finally knotted, buttons done up and adjustments made expect
to see all of these waistcoats paraded at the Year 3 fashion show! We do hope to have a large and lively