Tucked away in one of many rooms on the Nationwide Textile Museum in Kuala Lumpur is a choice of handwoven textiles displayed on the partitions and hanging from the ceiling.
These are a part of the private assortment of the late conventional textile pioneer Sulaiman Ghani, which have been gifted by his household to the Division of Museums Malaysia after his passing in September final 12 months.
These 46 items type the majority of the displays on the Sulaiman Ghani: Malaysian Textile Artwork Activist Exhibition, with a central spotlight in the course of the room, that includes a number of songket minang shawls made out of luxurious silk and gold thread.
These shawls, with intricate bunga lapan pecah and bamboo shoot motifs, may also be used as tengkuluak, the headcloth worn by Minangkabau ladies for ceremonial events.
“That is the primary time we have now having such an exhibition in honour of his service and contribution in the direction of the textile crafts trade, particularly in batik and weaving. This exhibition additionally presents his dedication to human improvement programmes for jail inmates and sufferers in rehabilitation centres, ” says Hadijah Mohd Yunus, director of the Nationwide Textile Museum.
Certainly, the late Sulaiman was identified for his dedication to the textile arts and his steadfast perception within the position of artwork in remedy and psychological rehabilitation.
Born in Muar, Johor, in 1958, he started his profession on the Malaysian Handicraft Institute in 1982 and went on to turn into affiliate professor on the division of textile design at College Teknologi Mara’s (UiTM) college of arts and design from 1988 to 2018.
Amongst his largest contributions to the nation’s textile trade was as a pioneer and instructor of textile weaving in prisons.
Since 2009, he supervised conventional textiles and weaving programmes on the Malaysia Prisons Division, with the Kajang Girls’s Jail the primary to obtain his steering in batik making utilizing the shibori approach.
Elsewhere, he was concerned in programmes at a number of different locations, together with the Pengkalan Chepa Jail in Kelantan, the Bentong and Penor prisons in Pahang, the Tapah Jail in Perak, and the Marang Jail and Dungun Correctional Centre in Terengganu.
Amongst different issues, the inmates have been taught songket weaving, takat embroidery and batik handicraft.
These lessons are a part of the entrepreneurship and rehabilitation programme for inmates.
“They didn’t include any background within the arts, however over time, these inmates have been taught learn how to produce high-quality textile merchandise. The late professor’s legacy lives on additionally by way of these programmes and their work, ” says Hadijah.
Earlier this 12 months, the Malaysia Division of Prisons received second and third place within the trend class within the Piala Seri Endon with their submission, titled Magnificence Behind The Wall.
Sulaiman Ghani: Malaysian Textile Artwork Activist Exhibition options an array these merchandise by the inmates, resembling batik clothes and shirts.
There are additionally linen-cotton kaftans made by college students of UiTM, the place they display their talent in resist (brushstroke) and patchwork strategies.
“We hope that this exhibition will convey collectively textile fanatics, academicians, college students as nicely most of the people to honour the legacy of the late Professor Sulaiman and his contribution to the sphere of textile artwork. Hopefully this present will encourage textile artists and craftsmen to give you concepts which can be subtle, progressive and memorable, ” concludes Hadijah.
Sulaiman Ghani: Malaysian Textile Artwork Activist Exhibition is on at Saindera Gallery, Nationwide Textile Museum, Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, Kuala Lumpur until Dec 24. Opening hours: 9am to 6pm each day. Admission charges apply.
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