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Museum Tekstil Jakarta

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Indonesia has rich and varied traditions of textile production, and Jakarta’s Textile Museum is an excellent opportunity to see not only a range of techniques and learn how these skilful works are produced but also to have a go at creating your own batik—textile lovers will be in their element.

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The museum occupies a historic 19th century colonial villa which holds temporary textile exhibitions and within the complex other buildings house a permanent batik collection, a display of traditional equipment used in making various textiles, a research library, gift shop and workshop as well as gardens of fibre-producing plants and various plants used in making dyes including indigo.

Not as easy as it looks. Photo taken in or around Museum Tekstil Jakarta, Jakarta, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Not as easy as it looks. Photo: Sally Arnold

The main building enjoys good natural light and the original patterned tiles seem to highlight the patterns on the cloth displayed. Although the temporary exhibition we saw offered beautiful examples of textile art and was well displayed, none of the detailed information were in English including a video presentation without subtitles. This is such a pity as it is a missed opportunity for Indonesia to share this rich culture, and it seemed a lot of effort had gone into the research for the ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 500 words.)

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