Jakarta, Indonesia’s bustling capital offers many attractions for the visitor, but an excursion to the Textile Museum will always be worthwhile. This unique institution will provide an experience that will never be forgotten. The magnificent building which houses the museum is an attraction in itself, being a European-style edifice which was originally constructed in the early part of the 19th century.
The museum functions as an educational and cultural institution, with its mission being to preserve the art of producing textiles in the traditional fashion. Since early days textiles have played a highly significant role in the different communities of Indonesia, as apparel and as ceremonial and ritual objects. These fabrics are considered to be an important component of Indonesian culture, conveying the skill and artistry of the creator of the textile.
In the premises the visitor will encounter a varied and captivating assortment of traditional Indonesian textiles, which represent the creations of different cultures which make up the expansive nation. Materials from remote and distant parts of Indonesia may be seen at the museum. Each of the diverse exhibits on display is complemented with a tag offering fascinating details regarding the material, place of origin, function and the techniques used in the creation of each exhibit.
An entrancing section of the museum is the area devoted to the different plants which are made use of to colour and dye fabrics. Although today synthetic materials are used for these purposes, the beauty of Indonesian textiles remains undiminished.
Another interesting feature at the institution is the popular courses which instruct participants in the decoration and embellishment of textiles. By attending these courses you will learn how to create intricate patterns on fabrics and use wax to complete the process of creation. After the dyeing process the wax is removed and the cloth is dried in the sun in the traditional manner.
In order to carry out its objectives the museum conducts special exhibitions, workshops, seminars, publications and research initiatives to educate the wider public on the importance of textiles to the Indonesian nation.