The Textile Museum is basically what its name suggests – a collection of thousands of different kinds of textile from all the corners of Indonesia. The museum, also called Museum Tekstil, is housed in a building along Jl Aipda KS Tubun. The building was built by a French man in the 1800s to be his private residence. Later on, it was bought by Turkish consul Abdul Azis who chose to live in Indonesia. The building was eventually bought by the Indonesian Department of Social Affairs in 1952. The building was then restored and was given to the regional government in 1975 to be used for the museum.
The building of the Textile Museum itself is decorated artistically. Its lavish display rooms showcase not only the museum’s own collections but also those of the textile lovers’ society. In the museum, you will find all sorts of traditional textile. Each textile signifies a piece of cultural information about the place from where it was taken. Among the traditional textiles you will find in display in the museum are ikat, batik, pelangi, prada, tenun, songket, and Celup. [Read more…]