Old Minangkabau Fabrics Presented in National Museum

Old Minangkabau Fabrics Presented in National Museum

National Museum from 7 to 30 April 2008, is hosting Minangkabau Traditional Fabric Exhibition, in cooperation with West Sumatra Province.There are 120 old fabrics with various motif that is unique, beautiful and full of symbolic meaning that displayed during the event.

Retno Sulistianingsih, National Museum Head said that the purpose of the exhibition is to make jakarta people especially students to know more about West Sumatra Fabrics, because west sumatra have a big influence, business and culture, to other provinces in sumatra through its people that have a community in each capital of sumatra provinces.

Retno Further explain that most of the fabrics that display during the event is the traditional and classic one and first time presented for exhibition purpose. the fabrics that dispalyed categorize based on its making technics such as songket (hand-woven), sulaman (embroidery) and kulit kayu (bark cloth).

There’s a story about the bark cloth fabrics, during japanese occupation this fabrics become trend because there are a shortage of textile and its price become expensive. so people in minangkabau, especially in Lima Puluh Kota district, then develop this material for shirt and trouser because its cheap and the material easy to find.

James Hellyward, West Sumatra Tourism Office Head said that for Minangkabau people, Fabrics has a high value and very much related with daily life and also use for ceremony such as wedding and traditional chief appointment.

James also mention that the fabric’s motif usually inspired from plants, animal and flower also from foreign influence such as Europe, India, China and Arab.

In addition the exhibition also show miniatur of rumah gadang (minangkabau traditional house).

Opening hours
Tuesday-Thursday, 8.30 am to 2.30 pm, Friday 8.30 am to 11.00 am. Saturday 8.30 am to 1.30 pm and Sunday 8.30 am to 2.30 pm. Monday is close.

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Jl Medan Merdeka Barat 12
Jakarta Pusat
021-3868172

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