The Textile Museum is a museum under the management of the Art Museum Management Unit, the DKI Jakarta Provincial Culture Office which was inaugurated on 28 June 1976 as an effort to preserve traditional textiles and to increase public appreciation of Indonesian traditions and cultural heritage. The Textile Museum is located on Jl. KS Tubun No. 2-4, West Jakarta, adjacent to Tanah Abang Market, the largest wholesale center in Southeast Asia. The Textile Museum has various collections of traditional textiles from all over Indonesia and several countries such as woven fabric, batik, embroidery, clothing, and traditional textile making tools. Umbul-umbul (flag) of Cirebon Sultanate made in 1797 is one of the collections of the Textile Museum's masterpieces. Museum Tekstil merupakan museum di bawah Unit Pengelola Museum Seni, Dinas Kebudayaan Provinsi DKI Jakarta yang diresmikan pada 28 Juni 1976 sebagai upaya pelestarian tekstil tradisional serta untuk meningkatkan apresiasi masyarakat terhadap tradisi dan warisan budaya Indonesia. Museum Tekstil terletak di Jl. KS Tubun No. 2-4 Jakarta Barat, bersebelahan dengan Pasar Tanah Abang, pusat grosir terbesar se-Asia Tenggara. Museum Tekstil memiliki beragam koleksi tekstil tradisional dari seluruh Indonesia dan beberapa negara sahabat seperti tenun, batik, sulaman, busana, serta alat pembuatan tekstil tradisional. Umbul-umbul (bendera) Kesultanan Cirebon yang dibuat pada tahun 1797 merupakan salah satu koleksi masterpiece Museum Tekstil.
Geringsing Wayang Kebo FabricTextile Museum Textile Museum
This Balinese wastra/fabric, is called “geringsing” because it is believed to repel disease and bad luck. It is used to cloth a 4-6 years old child during haircut-ceremony, before the purification ritual. The motif of wastra is divided into three patterns—referring to the Tri-Mandala, consisting of: main, middle and nista (double-tie technique) pattern. The motifs in this 19th-century wastra are similar to the sculptures of East Javanese temple in 13th-14th century. It is an important object for Indonesian heritage for being part of the history of wastra-development—especially in Bali, and for its rarity.
Pelepai FabricTextile Museum Textile Museum
Pelepai, a Lampungnese wastra/fabric belonging to the Saibain aristocrats, used to appear in life-cycle rituals of birth, death and marriage. The attraction of Palepai lies in its length which can reach up to three-meters and its unique ship-featured decorations; that it is often referred to as “Ship Fabric”. Ship itself often used as a symbol of life in Lampung: from its social usage, to their houses forms. Created in 1926, with a simple weaving-technique in natural colors, this wastra is now considered to be a masterpiece of Indonesian culture for its representation of the Lampung weaving-style and its rarity.
Ritual FabricTextile Museum Textile Museum
This wastra/fabric originating from Banjar, South-Kalimantan, is a brown-colored fabric decorated by colorful glass-beads: depicting an image of a pair of lions facing a six-pointed stars, a lotus-like flower, letters, and the word "1936". Assessing from its excellent condition: it is believed that it had only been used for important rituals. In the image of this fabric, there is a circle, representing the idea that the universe is attracting all power into the center of the ritual. This wastra is considered to be a masterpiece for not only it shows an expertise in embroidery-craftsmanship, but also because of its rarity.
Cirebon FlagTextile Museum Textile Museum
This indigo-colored Umbul-Umbul/Flag, made in 1797, was the flag of Cirebon Sultanate. It has a black-white color combination in it, which is believed to bring supernatural-powers. Apart from being a symbol of the Sultanate’s sovereignty, it also considered to have magical powers protecting the kingdom. The motif of this wastra includes three Ali-Tiger in Arabic-calligraphy, Zulfakar’s double-edged sword, four squares decorated with Arabic-script, and Holy-Qur’an’s quotation—containing prayers asking for help to Allah. This flag is considered to be an important heritage object, because it is part of the history of Islam-development in the archipelago and for its rarity.