Dazzle and diversity of Malay textile world shines in a new exhibition

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His latest – and most ambitious – exhibition gathers 700 textiles that are divided into 12 major categories of textile techniques.

'Kelingkam' is a traditional embroidery technique that employs the use of a flat metallic ribbon coated with a gold or silver film, on fabrics like satin, damask and velvet. Photo: The Star/Ong Soon HinHis latest – and most ambitious – exhibitionat Menara Ken in TTDI, Kuala Lumpur, gathers 700 textiles that are divided into 12 major categories of textile techniques.

His love affair with these textiles started with a curious piece that caught his eye when he was based in Taiwan, where he lived for nearly 30 years. He moved from Taiwan to Malaysia in 2018 to devote his time to collecting and researching Malay textiles. “Malay textiles records and history are very scattered and incomplete. Until today, there is no encyclopedia for these textiles unlike Indian textiles, for instance. This project is an interesting one to me because I love discovering unexpected connections, that then become topics of discussion when I meet with friends from the involved areas.


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Malay textile design? It looks like Jawa designlah. Seems to hv seen it in Jakarta or Sumatra with similar design. Proof that M originated from there due to so many similarity? 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔

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