Malay Weaving

Weaving has Pandan weaving and Mengkuang as well as Bamboo weaving ANYAMAN TIKAR (Mat Weaving) The art of screwpine weaving has flourished for generations at various levels of sophistication and in varying degrees of intricacy throughout the Malay peninsula. One of its most obvious manifestations among the Malays is in the form of mat‑weaving. Trengganu(…)

Wood Carving

In certain Malay communities, particularly along the east coast of the Malay peninsula, wood carving has been developed into an art form. High quality Malay wood carvings can be seen in traditional houses and palaces. Generally the wood used is cengal or jati, and both of which are durable hard woods. Extremely well‑executed works in(…)

Malay Textiles

Malay Textiles

Southeast Asia is the home of a wide range of textiles, the products of indigenous development as well as imported traditions firmly rooted in the region. Some of the techniques, materials and designs utilised reach back hundreds of years into the unrecorded and mythic past. It is hardly surprising, that certain textiles and some of(…)

About Tekat

Tekat, the art of embroidering golden thread onto a base material, generally velvet, is a tradition that has long been practiced amongst Malay communities in peninsular Malaysia. In Perak tekat is also known as tekat bersuji or hiasan suji timbuL The embroidery is generally raised above the surrounding surface of the cloth due to the(…)

Ceremonial Crafts

SIRIH A quid of betel‑that is betel (sirih) leaves, betel nut (pinang) tobacco and gambir combined and folded neatly together and sometimes held in place by a clove, reflects Malay life as a whole and the value placed by the Malay community upon traditional customs (adat) and codes of behaviour. To some the folded leaves(…)


The events in this legend, popular in the bangsawan theatre, took place during the reign of Sultan Ahmat Tajuddin Almukarram Shah in Kedah. At that time Datuk Seri Kemajaya was in charge on Langkawi island as the Sultan’s representative. Several versions are known. The following derives from Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, Malaysia’s first prime(…)